The Rutgers men's soccer team will begin conference play at Yurcak Field on Busch campus against Michigan State on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights (2-3-1, 0-0-0) will look to start Big Ten play with a win against the Spartans (4-0-1, 0-0-0).
Last season, Rutgers fell to Michigan State by a score of 4-3. In that match, former graduate student forward MD Myers scored a goal and tallied an assist. Senior forward Ola Maeland also found the back of the net.
Kelly has had an impressive start to the season, as he owns a save percentage of .889 and lets in less than 1 goal per game (GPG).
The Spartans have only conceded 2 goals this season and have looked solid on defense.
The Knights will look to graduate student midfielder Jackson Temple to continue his positive form. Temple has netted 2 goals and provided two assists in six games.
Another offensive spark for Rutgers is freshman forward Luciano Sanchez. Sanchez has hit the ground running, as he has scored 2 goals in the last three games.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ciaran Dalton will need to improve between the posts. Dalton has a save percentage of .500 and allows opposing teams to score an average of 2.20 GPG through five starts in goal.
The Knights have won back-to-back home games and will look to extend their streak on Sunday. Beginning Big Ten play with a win will be a step in the right direction for the rest of the season.
The game between Rutgers and Michigan State will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday and will be broadcast on Big Ten Plus and 88.7 WRSU-FM.
"It’s going to be a very tough game," said head coach Jim McElderry. "We’ve had a lot of tough games with those guys."
For more updates on the Rutgers women's soccer team, follow @TargumSports on X.
To view more of Matthew Mangam's work, follow @matthewmangam on X.