PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 18, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer will honors its seniors – forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.), goalkeeper Sean Matteo (Pittman, N.J.) and defender Joe Setchell (Kings Lynn, England) - as they host USF in American Athletic Conference (AAC) action Saturday night at Yurcak field at 7 p.m.
Sutphen Road via River Road will be closed on Saturday. Please use Route 18 to access Sutphen Road or other Busch campus routes.
* Saturday’s game with USF will be available on RVision presented by AT&T with Danny Breslauer and Kyle Franco on the call. Fans can also tune into Rutgers’ student radio station WRSU – 88.7 FM with Chris Morales and Alex Lo calling the action.
* The Scarlet Knights enter Saturday’s contest looking to snap a three-game skid and sports a 5-8-1 overall record and 2-3-0 mark in the AAC. RU is currently tied for fifth, along with Memphis, in the AAC standings with three conference games left.
* Rutgers is coming off a 1-0 double overtime loss to Bucknell in their final non-conference game of the 2013 campaign. The Bison scored the golden goal in the 102nd minute of play. Leading scorer Mael Corboz and redshirt sophomore J.P. Correa led RU offensively with five shots apiece.
* Mael Corboz continues to lead the Scarlet Knights with 15 points (5G, 5A) followed by senior forward Kene Eze with 10 points (4G, 2A). In all, 11 Scarlet Knights have logged points on the season.
* Goalkeeper David Greczek He holds a 1.36 goals against average and .768 save percentage along with a trio of shutouts. He made a career-high seven saves at Louisville a week ago.
* The Scarlet Knights are in the final stretch of the regular season with three games remaining including Saturday’s meeting with the Bulls. Following Saturday night’s game, RU hosts Temple on Wednesday Oct. 23 in the home regular season finale and closes out 2013 regular season slate at UCF on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Prior to kick, Rutgers will salute the three members of the senior class:
Kene Eze – Despite battling injury this season, Eze still ranks among the AAC leaders in both goals and points with tallies against Duke, Penn State, South Carolina, as well as nationally-ranked Akron. The Sayreville, N.J. native has put away 18 goals, including five game winners, and six assists to rack up 42 points in his Scarlet Knight career. His name appears among the Top 16 all-time in game winning goals and ranks seventh in the single season records with his seven goals in 2012. A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection entering this season, Eze was named Second Team All-BIG East as a junior last season.
Sean Matteo – Matteo joined the Scarlet Knight men’s soccer program last season as a back-up goalkeeper and was been a valuable reserve for the Scarlet Knights helping RU to prepare for each challenging game on its slate. Matteo joined the squad after serving as a two-year starts at Pitman High School where she scored 13 career goals and was named a First Team Tri-County Conference and Second Team South Jersey Group honoree as a senior.
Joe Setchell – A native of Kings Lynn, England, Setchell started in all of his 31 games as a Scarlet Knight. Setchell came to the Banks after winning back-to-back junior college national titles and in his first season at Rutgers helped the Scarlet Knights to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament in 2011, including scoring a goal against the College of Charleston. This season, he has appeared and started in 11 games helping the RU defense to shutouts over AAC member Cincinnati and nationally ranked Memphis.
ABOUT THE BULLS
USF comes to Yurcak Field with a 4-3-6 overall record and unbeaten in their last three contests. The Bulls are 1-1-2 in the AAC, sitting right behind the Scarlet Knights in seventh in the league standings. Following a 4-1 win over Cincinnati on Oct. 9, the Bulls drew a pair of 1-1 double overtime ties with Temple and SIU-Edwardsville.
Freshman midfielder Lindo Mfeka leads the Bulls and is fifth in the conference with 11 points (5G, 1A) followed by redshirt junior forward Edwin Moalosi with nine points (3G, 3A) and junior forward Kennedy Abadlah with eight points (3G, 2A).
In goal, senior Brentton Muhammad holds a 0.83 goals against average and .769 save percentage. He totaled 39 saves on the season and posted three shutouts.
The Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series with the Bulls with a 5-3-3 record. RU and USF have played to ties in their last two match-ups including a 0-0 draw in 2011 and a 2-2 tie last season.
LAST TIME VS. USF
Fighting severe weather that delayed the match over an hour, the Rutgers men’s soccer team earned a 2-2 draw against No. 17 USF on October 6, 2012 at Corbett Soccer Stadium.
Kene Eze posted a goal for the fourth-straight match to force the overtime periods with Mael Corboz scoring and dishing 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 made five saves in the effort.
A LOOK AT CONFERENCE STATS
As a team, the Scarlet Knights are tied for fourth in the American goals (16) and fifth in points (44).
Individually, sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz is third in points (15), in a six-way tie for the second in goals (5) and in a four-way tie for third in assists (5).
Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek leads all AAC netiminders with 63 saves, averaging 4.50 per game. He has also logged three shutouts this season.
Rutgers is 4-4-0 at home this season, including a 3-2-0 mark in non-conferences games at Yurcak Field in 2013.
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