OMAHA, Neb. (September 2, 2012) – Rutgers men’s soccer (1-2-0) closed out the second day of the Ameritas Classic, falling to host and second-ranked Creighton (2-0-1) 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
The Scarlet Knights hung tough against the No. 2 team in the country, holding Creighton to just three shots in the first half, as the two teams closed out the first 45 minutes of action in a scoreless draw. Senior goalkeeper Kevin McMullen (Blackwood, N.J.) made a first-half save to help do his part in keeping the Bluejays off the scoreboard. For their efforts in the two matches, a pair of Scarlet Knight freshmen - Mitchell Taintor (Storrs, Conn.) and Drew Morgan (Atlanta, Ga.) - were named to the Ameritas Classic All-Tournament Team.
“I was very pleased with the way we played the first half, going into halftime tied 0-0,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “They got a restart goal in the 62nd minute to put them ahead and that was the difference in the game at that point. Creighton is an exceptional team but I thought we played pretty well with them for a while until we finally broke. If there are any positives to take from this, it’s that we are actually getting better. The result is not indicative of that, but being on the road against one of the best teams in the country, I thought we kept it tight for a good portion of the game and I was happy about that.
“It was a good experience for our team and we just have to regroup now as we head back home. We will continue to learn, grow and build as a team and go from there.”
The scoreless match continued 17 minutes into the second half with Creighton breaking open the deadlock with a goal from Jose Gomez in the 62nd minute to pull ahead 1-0. Despite taking six shots in the second half, including putting a pair on frame, the Scarlet Knights we unable to find the equalizer as the Blue jays extended their lead with two more goals in the 84th minute.
The Scarlet Knights return to New Jersey for its third-straight road game, traveling to take on Princeton on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.
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