In the first of three exhibition games before the 2014-2015 season, the Virginia men's soccer team fell 2-1 to Rutgers on Saturday at Klöckner Stadium.
The Cavaliers opened the scoring in the 11th minute. After Rutgers turned the ball over just outside the top of the box, Pablo Aguilar drove into the box and sent a short pass to Riggs Lennon, who chipped the ball past goalkeeper David Greczek for the goal.
Rutgers scored in the 23rd minute to tie the game. JP Correa sent a free kick deep into the box and found the head of Miles Hackett, who scored from five yards out to the right corner of the net.
Hackett scored a second goal in the 65th minute, taking a rebound off Caldwell and tapping it home from short distance.
The Cavaliers substituted liberally in the match, using 27 players, including all nine true freshmen on the roster. UVa switched lineups after the first half, bringing 10 new players into the game.
“It was good to get out and try some different things tonight,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “We have a lot to work on, but we’re going to get better. We played a lot of guys and that was the plan. We wanted them to get a run and learn from this. Give credit to Rutgers; they had a good mentality and a good rotation of players in and out.”
Virginia will play two more home exhibitions, Tuesday against St. John’s and next Saturday versus No. 9 Georgetown; both matches begin at 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.
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