PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 13, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team overcame an early 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals to earn 3-2 victory over in-state rival Princeton Friday night at Yurcak Field.
For the second straight year against the Tigers, sophomore Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.) put away a pair of goals in the win. Returning to the win column following the near upset of then #5-Akron, RU upped its mark to 2-2-1 overall on the season. Princeton meanwhile drops to 0-2-0.
The visiting Tigers took an early 1-0 edge eight minutes into the game with Thomas Sanner converting a penalty kick. Sanner, who was racing into the box, was fouled by RU goalie David Greczek (Fairfield, N.J.) giving the Tigers the one-on-one situation to take the lead.
Corboz, who also scored a pair of goals against the Tigers in last season’s 2-0 victory, responded with back-to-back goals to give his Scarlet Knights the lead for good. Redshirt sophomore J.P. Correa (Montville, N.J.) raced past the Princeton defense into the box drawing a corner. On the Correa insert from the corner, Corboz was fouled in the box drawing a penalty kick in the 18th minute of play. The sophomore midfielder found the back of the next and tied the game at 1-1.
Just over ten minutes later, Corboz drilled home a shot from three yards above the box giving RU a 3-1 edge on his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Rutgers would score again before the intermission. After Princeton’s Bryan Windsor headed the ball to Scarlet Knight keeper Greczek, the freshman netminder got the ball to redshirt junior Todd Webb (Toms River, N.J.). Webb broke away and connected on a shot from nine yards out on the eventual game-winner for a 3-2 Rutgers lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
The Scarlet Knights gave up a late goal with the Tigers notching another penalty kick score, this time coming from Cameron Porter with nine minutes left. Princeton, however, would be denied any other looks at the net.
Greczek ended the night with five saves as the Scarlet Knights were outshot 13-11. Seth MacMillan recorded two saves in the loss for the Tigers.
“We worked through it. We are working on managing these leads,” said Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan. “We came away with a good result against a team that works hard and is very disciplined. I’m still not satisfied on how we are managing these leads so we have to tweak some things and fix some things. I can’t expect things to be picture perfect all the time, but I’m trying to nit-pit at things that can make a difference. The team knows it and we are working on it.”
The Rutgers men’s soccer team returns to action Sunday at noon when they host South Carolina at Yurcak Field. The game will be broadcast on RVision presented by AT&T on ScarletKnights.com with Danny Breslauer and Kyle Franco on the call.
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