PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 30, 2012) – Junior forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) notched his third game-winning goal of the season and the Rutgers men’s soccer team (5-3, 1-1) held off Louisville (5-4, 1-1), 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field.
The victory earned the Scarlet Knights their first BIG EAST win of the season and maintained their unblemished, 4-0 record in Piscataway this season. It also marks the first RU win over Louisville since a 2-1 victory at Yurcak Field on Oct. 25, 2008.
Following a Louisville miscue in their territory, junior Mike Soboff (Boston, Mass.) got his foot on the ball about 20 yards from the midfield line. The midfielder quickly sent a ball through the middle to a streaking Eze, who drew the keeper out and tapped it past for the game-winning score.
The teams combined for a total 19 shots in the match, with each squad keeping maintaining offensive pressure throughout. Redshirt senior Kevin McMullen (Blackwood, N.J.) made five saves and held off a late charge by the Cardinals, sending away three corner kick attempts in the final three minutes of action.
Both squads entered the locker rooms at halftime knotted at 1-1 after a rebound goal by sophomore midfielder Max Moller (Tulsa, Okla.). Soboff, running up the right side of the field, sent an entry pass into the box that rattled in front of the net.
Freshman midfielder Dimitri Vassiliadis (Franklin, N.J.) got the first shot off on the play, which was blocked and deflected to Moller on the far right. Moller struck it over the arms of Cardinal keeper Mike Mauro, burying the goal in the back left of the net.
Louisville struck first 19 minutes into the contest, when Greg Cochrane broke loose after a nice find downfield from Will Vitalis. With Cochrane charging, McMullen was drawn out of the box, giving the Louisville defender just enough room to sneak the shot into the back right of the net.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 3 when they travel to Syracuse for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Orange.
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