PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 11, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team returns to action at Yurcak Field this weekend hosting in-state rival Princeton on Friday at 8 p.m. and South Carolina on Sunday at noon.
* Both games vs. Princeton and South Carolina can be viewed on RVison presented by AT&T at ScarletKnights.com. Lou Brogno will join Kyle Franco on the call Friday night against the Tigers while Franco and Danny Breslauer will be in the booth for Sunday against the Gamecocks.
* The Scarlet Knights currently stand at 1-2-1 overall and are coming off a 1-1-0 weekend that included a 4-1 win over Penn State and a 2-1 overtime loss to then-No. 5 Akron.
* Rutgers is led by senior forward Kene Eze with a trio of goals and an assist. Eze is followed by sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz on the stat sheet with a pair of goals against the Nittany Lions last weekend.
* Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek holds a .769 save percentage and 1.36 goals against average.
* RU is in the midst of a five-game homestand that will end next weekend in the American Athletic Conference opener against SMU. The Scarlet Knights have won eight of their last ten games at home.
A LOOK AT CONFERENCE STATS
As a team, the Scarlet Knights currently lead the American in goals scored (7). Individually, senior forward Kene Eze ranks second in points (7) and goals (3), while freshman goalkeeper David Greczek leads the league with 20 saves, averaging 5.0 per game.
FINDING THE BACK OF THE NET
The 4-1 win over Penn State marked the most goals scored by the Scarlet Knights since a 4-2 victory over Colgate on Nov. 17, 2011 during the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz posted two goals in the win over the Nittany Lions, his second career multiple scoring game. Corboz also had two goals his freshman season in a 2-0 win over Princeton on Sept. 8, 2012.
Princeton makes the trip up to Piscataway following a 3-0 season opening loss at Fairleigh Dickinson last Friday night. It was the Tigers’ first season opening loss since 2008.
The Tigers were outshot 13-3 with goalkeeper Seth MacMillan making a pair of saves in net. MacMillan returns for his third season in goal with a .730 career save percentage and 1.04 goals against average.
Princeton returns nine starters from last year’s squad that went 8-6-2. The Tigers lost five seniors to graduation, including 2012 second leading scorer Matt Sanner (4G, 2A) and Mark Linnville, a four-time First Team All-Ivy center back.
Returning to the pitch this season is sophomore forward Thomas Sanner , who led the Tigers with four goals and six assists, as well as junior Cameron Porter, who logged two goals and a team-leading four assists.
Tiger head coach Jim Barlow is in his 18th year at his alma mater. Barlow has guided Princeton to two NCAA Tournament appearances in the last four years.
LAST TIME VS. PRINCETON
Midfielder Mael Corboz tallied the first goals of his collegiate career, scoring twice as the Rutgers men’s soccer defeated Princeton 2-0 back on September 8, 2012 at Roberts Stadium.
Despite Princeton (1-5) holding a 15-11 shot advantage for the game, it was Rutgers that made the most of its scoring opportunities, finding the back of the net once in each half. The two goals for RU snapped a two-game scoreless streak and helped the Scarlet Knights erase a two-game skid to improve to 2-2 on the season.
In the seventh minute, Corboz put the Scarlet Knights ahead, 1-0, with his first career goal on an assist from Ross Tetro. Tetro played a cross from the left side which was headed by Corboz. The shot hit the post, however, Corboz put a foot to the rebound for the score.
Corboz put the game away for Rutgers in the 51st minute in impressive fashion. A foul and yellow card on Princeton forward Matt Sanner led to a free kick for the Scarlet Knights. Corboz bent the shot around the wall and past the keeper into the right side of the goal.
SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina will take on #12 St. John’s Friday night before coming to Yurcak Field on Sunday.
The Gamecocks enter the weekend at 2-2 overall and are coming off a 3-1 loss at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night.
The Gamecocks are led by senior midfielder J.P. Rafferty with a pair of goals on six shots. Five other Gamecocks have recorded one goal on the year. Between the posts, redshirt sophomore Robert Beebe is posting a 1.32 goal against average and .667 save percentage.
Overall, South Carolina returns four starters and 15 letterwinners from last year, including junior midfielder Braeden Troyer, a preseason Conference USA pick. A year ago, Troyer earned Second Team All-C-USA honors with three goals and an assist.
Last season, South Carolina finished 5-11-2 overall and 2-5-1 in Conference USA. The Gamecocks were co-C-USA regular season champions in 2011.
Head coach Mark Berson is the second active winningest Division I men’s soccer coach having accumulated 457 career wins. He is in his 36th season at South Carolina, which includes 32 winning seasons.
LAST TIME VS. SOUTH CAROLINA
Gamecock junior defender Robert Rosenberg scored the lone goal of the match in the 93rd minute to give South Carolina a 1-0 victory over No. 25 Rutgers back on October 19, 2002 at Yurcak Field. .
Rutgers outshot South Carolina 12-9, while USC held the advantage in corner kicks 4-3. Both teams battled to a scoreless tie after regulation.
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