PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 22, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer program held its annual awards, honoring several Scarlet Knights who made a mark during the 2012 season.
Junior forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) was given the award for Goal of the Year for his game-winner against Villanova in overtime in the regular season finale. Eze posted the golden goal in the 98th minute as sophomore defender Thomas O’Rourke (Lawrenceville, N.J.) brought the ball down the field and crossed a pass to Eze off the end line. The Scarlet Knight junior forward headed the shot into the bottom left of the net for his fourth game-winning goal of 2012.
Freshman midfielder Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.) was selected as the Most Valuable Player following a stellar season that saw him earn Second Team All-America honors from both Soccer America and College Soccer News, as well as nods to the Second Team All-BIG EAST and BIG EAST All-Rookie squads. In his first season “On The Banks”, Corboz was the second leading RU scorer with three goals and a team-leading seven assists. His seven assists in 2012 were the most by a Scarlet Knight in a season since 2001 and also placed him in a tie for 17th all-time in the single season record books. Additionally Carboz’s four game-winners on the year put his name in a tie for seventh all-time in the record books. Corboz ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in assists (7) and fourth in assists per game (0.47). He was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after notching two goals in the Scarlet Knights’ 2-0 win over Princeton.
Defenders freshman Kieran Kemmerer (Belle Mead, N.J.) and sophomore Thomas O’Rourke (Lawrenceville, N.J.) were named Co-Student-Athletes of the Year for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
RU soccer alum Mike Miller (RC ’91), whose family’s generous donation has led to the construction of the Miller Family Soccer Complex to house the men’s soccer practice facilities behind Yurcak Field, received the ‘12th Man’ award. Also honored at the banquet were the graduating seniors Kevin McMullen (Blackwood, N.J.), Robin Brown (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Dragan Naumoski (Fair Lawn, N.J.), along with Mark Edelstein and Chip Clingham for their contributions to the Scarlet Knight soccer program.
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