Men’s soccer had a very successful weekend at the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders Classic. The Rangers found themselves snagging a 2-1 win against New York University on the first day of the tournament. The Rangers (2-1) trailed 1-0 before Kyle Bethel (’23) picked a great time to score his first collegiate goal in minute 66 on assists from Kuki Armenteros (’22) and Nick Caicedo (’20). Aidan Cserhat (’20) scored 4 minutes later, buying a penalty kick for the game-winning goal.
Sunday, Sept. 8 the Rangers faced off against Pfeiffer University ended with an impressive score of 5-1 for the Rangers. Cserhat had his second career hat trick, his first being in a 9-2 victory over FDU-Florham on Sept. 6, 2017. He had a hand in each of the team’s first four goals, assisting on the first before scoring three in a row. Nate Race (’21) added one goal and one assist versus Pfeiffer. Bethel made his first two career assists. Cserhat found the back of the net off of passes from Nick Caicedo (’20), Matt Asante (’20), and Bethel. The Rangers set the final score when Mike Dilger (’23) scored his first career goal off an assist from Nathan Han (’23).
With the win, the Rangers finished 2-0 at the tournament. Drew and Rutgers-Newark both finished the tournament with 2-0, but the Rangers were awarded the title by virtue of the goal differential. Cserhat was named tournament MVP, and he was joined on the all-tournament team by Bethel, defender Ryan LaRocca (’21), and Race.
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The men’s soccer team returned to action on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Ranger Stadium against Muhlenberg College. Muhlenberg scored on a penalty kick late in the first half, and it proved to be the game-winner. The Rangers pressured Muhlenberg early, outshooting the Mules 5-1 in the opening 30 minutes, but none of the attempts were on frame. Muhlenberg fought back in the second half with a 6-4 edge for shots taken. That is when Jason Adamo (’20) made all four of his saves. Adamo turned in a number of additional strong plays, including punching the ball clear on both a corner kick and a dangerous throw-in. Cserhat took five of Drew's nine shots, including the team's only shot on goal, while senior Caicedo and Armenteros each attempted a pair of shots. The Rangers return home on Saturday, Sept. 14 when they take on Manhattanville College at 1 p.m. in another non-conference game.