MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-2-0) vs. RUTGERS (0-2-0)
Friday, August 31 | 7:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Waldron Family Stadium
RETURN OF MOUNT ST. MARY'S MEN'S SOCCER
The Mount made its historic return to the pitch in the season opener last Friday, as the program played in its first Division I competition in six seasons. The program was discontinued following the 2012 campaign, but in August of 2016 the University made the announcement it would be reinstating men's soccer at the Mount, with sights set on the 2018 season to begin competition. The season opener against Bucknell set a new soccer attendance record at Waldron Family Stadium with a sellout crowd of 1,200 in attendance.
Mount St. Mary's fell in its season opener by a 2-0 final against Bucknell, with Tyler Peterson netting the game-winner for the Bison. Jonathan Godette led the Mount with three shots, and goalie Bobby Edwards made three saves in the tilt.
Last time out, Brian Saramago's hat trick propelled Loyola past the Mount, 3-1, on Monday night in Baltimore. The junior forward fired a perfectly placed shot to the upper 90 for the game's first goal, and added a pair of penalty kicks later in the second half to complete the hat trick. The Mount's lone goal of the match came in the 65th minute of play, just 26 seconds after Loyola's third score. Jonathan Fawole blasted a tough-angle shot that caromed off goalkeeper Chase Vosvick, and Elias Ordonez picked up the rebound and trickled it past Vosvick for the team's first goal of the season. The Mount fired nine shots in the contest, while Bucknell registered 15. Edwards made five saves in goal for the Mountaineers.
The Scarlet Knights will look to turn things around on Friday night after dropping their first two matches of the 2018 season. Rutgers opened the campaign with a 3-0 loss at Loyola, before dropping a 3-2 decision at UMBC on Monday. Junior forwards Jordan Hall and Brian Hawkins were the team's goal scorers last time out against the Retrievers. Goalkeeper Rafael Pereira is yielding 3.00 goals per game and owns a .647 in two starts in net.
Friday's matchup at Waldron Family Stadium will mark the first meeting between the Mount and Rutgers in series history.
The Mount heads down to Washington, D.C. to take on American University on Friday, September 7 at 5 p.m.