PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 6, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team got an early taste of Big Ten action Friday night at Yurcak Field downing future rival Penn State, 4-1, for the Scarlet Knights' first victory of the season.
For Rutgers, who improved to 1-1-1 overall, it was the most goals scored since a 4-2 victory over Colgate on Nov. 17, 2011 during the NCAA Tournament. RU has now won eight of its last nine home games.
Penn State meanwhile dropped its first game of the 2013 season falling to 2-1-0.
“We made good decisions, created some good plays and put up some great goals tonight,” said Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan. “Unlike the first two games of the year where we up 1-0 and we were not able to sustain the result or lead, tonight we were able to get that second goal and then that third goal. We gave up a goal, but we responded right back to keep the gap. It was a great defensive effort by everybody. We also generated a lot more opportunities for ourselves, which makes all the difference in the world.”
As they did in their first two games of the season, the Scarlet Knights took a 1-0 lead into the half. However, against the Nittany Lions, Rutgers exploded for three second half tallies, including a pair from sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.).
RU got onto the board in the 30th minute with senior forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) putting away his second goal of the year. Eze beat out a Penn State defender at the top of the box to draw out All-Big Ten keeper Andrew Wolverton for the score.
Sophomore Ross Tetro (Freehold, N.J.) gave the Scarlet Knights a 2-0 lead on not only his first career goal, but his first career game-winner, as well, in the 49th minute of action. Eze attempted a shot from the left post which was deflected to Tetro on the opposite side of the net.
Corboz added to the lead seven minutes later on the first of his two tallies. Off a free kick from 18 yards out, Corboz managed to find the gap between the PSU netminder and the left post to give the Scarlet Knights a 3-0 advantage.
Penn State thwarted the shutout off a direct kick from Martin Seiler in the 63rd minute, but Rutgers answered back immediately.
Just over a minute after the Nittany Lion goal, Corboz added goal number two of the evening finding the back of the net on off a corner kick from redshirt sophomore J.P. Correa (Montville, N.J.).
Rutgers ended the night outshooting PSU, 13-11, and holding a slight, 6-5, advantage in corners.
Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek (Fairfield, N.J.) captured five saves in the victory. His counterpart, Wolverton, had three saves while giving up four goals.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. taking on No. 5 Akron at Yurcak Field. The game will be streamed live on RVision presented by AT&T with Danny Breslauer and Kyle Franco on the call.
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