Tampa, Fla. (October 6, 2012) – Fighting severe weather that delayed the match over an hour, the Rutgers men’s soccer team (5-4-1, 1-2-1) earned a 2-2 draw against No. 17 USF (6-2-4, 1-0-3) Saturday night at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Junior forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) posted a goal for the fourth-straight match to force the overtime periods. Freshman midfielder Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.) scored and dished out an assist in the contest.
The Bulls got on the board first in the 28th minute. After a foul in the box, Lucas Baldin sunk a penalty kick to give USF and early 1-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights answered just after the half, as Corboz buried his third goal of the season. After a yellow card was issued to USF’s Brenton Griffiths, Corboz booted the ball into the net off a set piece to even the score at 1-1.
RU waged an offensive assault after the restart. Three shots from three different Scarlet Knights preceded Eze’s goal in the 66th minute. Corboz dished off to a streaking Eze for his fifth score of the season.
The Bulls would not go down without a fight, finding the back of the net just over a minute later. Samuel Hosseini and Ben Sweat assisted on a Leston Paul strike that knotted the score, 2-2.
A physical match, there were a combined 26 fouls and eight yellow cards issued between the teams. Senior goalkeeper Kevin McMullen (Blackwood, N.J.) made five saves in the effort.
Rutgers wraps up its three-game road swing with No. 1 Maryland on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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