The men’s soccer team suffered their third straight loss to open the season, falling to Rutgers-Camden in their home opener at Edith Robb Dixon Field by a score of 4-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
The Scarlet Raptors managed two goals in each half and cruised to a shutout victory behind stifling defense.
Early in this season, the frustration is mounting for the Cavaliers.
“We got outplayed, we got out-possessed, we had no shots on goal,” senior Ryan Juhring said. “I guess what we can take away from it is that we’re 0-3 and we’ve got to start working. We’ve got to get that win on Friday.”
However, the Cavaliers kept the game scoreless through 23 minutes. But in the 23rd minute, a throw-in by Casey Doyle deflected off the arm of junior goalkeeper Eric Nowicki and into the net for the first goal of the game.
Within a minute, a corner kick found its way into the goalmouth where Mike Ryan headed it in.
Those two goals set off an attack from Rutgers-Camden that lasted the remainder of the half. At the open of the second half, the Cavaliers looked for their chance.
Cabrini controlled the possession game for the first few minutes of the second half. But they were unable to beat goalkeeper Mike Randall and the Rutgers’ defense.
Again, Cabrini played tight defense to start the second half. But at the 62-minute mark, Rutgers found the net again on a low shot to the back corner of the net by Eric Cutry.
The Scarlet Raptors iced it with a goal in the 71st minute by Stevan Austino. The shot was nearly identical to Cutry’s goal.
With some difficult shots for Nowicki to judge, it was evident why Rutgers-Camden is ranked 24th in the nation.
“[Rutgers-Camden] play with a pace we don’t see every time we step onto the field,” first-year head coach Rob Dallas said. “That’s a pace I like our guys seeing because it’s something we aspire to get to.”
“Three of their goals were ridiculous,” Juhring said. “They were pretty good goals.”
While the season is still young, this is not the start that the Cavaliers envisioned. But in playing tough opponents, they feel they will be more prepared for CSAC play which opens with Cairn University on Sept. 22.
“We’re going up against these top teams for a reason,” Dallas said. “These are things that I feel like will pay off when we get back into the conference.”
The Cavaliers return to the field on Friday, Sept. 7 in the first part of a two-day tournament they are hosting. They face Wesley College at 4 p.m. at Edith Robb Dixon Field.