PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 22, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team hosts Temple in AAC action Wednesday night at Yurcak Field in the Scarlet Knights’ regular season home finale. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
* The Scarlet Knights enter Saturday’s contest looking to return to the win column and snap a four-game winless streak. RU is coming off a pair of double overtime games including a 0-0 draw against USF last Saturday. Rutgers sports a 5-8-2 overall record and 2-3-1 mark in the AAC.
* RU is currently fifth in the AAC standings with seven points and two conference games left on the slate. UCF and SMU sit right above the Scarlet Knights in a tie for third with 2-1-2 league marks. Temple and USF are right below RU in a tie for sixth at 1-1-3 in AAC action.
* Goalkeeper David Greczek was a stalwart in net last week earning him AAC Goalkeeper of the Week. It was Greczek’s second weekly honor from the league having previously been named to the AAC Honor Roll in mid-September. He holds a .796 save percentage and 1.25 goals against average. . He made a career-high 11 saves in the double overtime 0-0 draw with USF last Saturday.
* 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.
* Following Wednesday’s game the Scarlet Knights head to Orlando, Florida to face UCF in the 2013 regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 2.
75 YEARS OF RUTGERS MEN’S SOCCER
Thanks for all our fans for voting for the 75th Rutgers Men’s Soccer Anniversary Team. The team will be announced at halftime.
ABOUT THE OWLS
Temple enters Wednesday night’s contest with an 8-3-3 record and 1-1-1 mark in the AAC. The Owls are tied for sixth place in the conference standings along with USF. Temple is coming off a 2-1 victory over Memphis Saturday night and drew 1-1 ties with USF and SMU prior.
Sophomore Jared Martinelli leads the Owls on the stat sheet with 15 points (6G, 3A). He is tied along with RU’s Mael Corboz for third in the league in points and is also tied for second in the AAC in goals. Rookie defender Robert Sagel is second on the Temple roster in scoring with seven points (3G, 1A) followed by senior midfielder Vaughn Spurrier with six points (2G, 2A).
In goal, junior Dan Scheck has played all 1323 minutes for the Owls and holds a 0.68 goals against average and an AAC leading .859 save percentage. His seven shutouts rank him tops in the conference while he follows Greczek in saves per game in the league averaging 4.36 per contest.
The Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series with the Owls, 18-16-2. Temple has won the last two meetings, including a 2-0 victory in their last meeting on September 29, 2010 and a 1-0 win on September 15, 2004. RU’s last victory was a 7-0 rout of the Owls back on October 11, 1994.
LAST TIME VS. TEMPLE
The Rutgers men’s soccer team was edged by Temple 2-0 back on September 29, 2010 at the Ambler Sports Complex.
Rutgers and Temple played to a scoreless first half with the Scarlet Knights holding an 8-5 edge in shot attempts, however, the Owls found their form, delivering a pair of second-half goals en route to the 2-0 win. Temple outshot Rutgers 13-7 in the second half and it proved to be the difference maker as Tyler Witmer scored goals in the 58th and 82nd minute to clinch the victory.
A LOOK AT CONFERENCE STATS
As a team, the Scarlet Knights are sixth in the American goals (16) and tied for sixth in points (44).
Individually, sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz is in a four-way tie for fourth in points (15), in a three-way tie for the second in goals (5) and in a three-way tie for fourth in assists (5).
Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek leads all AAC netminders with 74 saves, averaging 4.93 per game. He has also logged four shutouts this season.
Rutgers freshman David Greczek was named the AAC Goalkeeper of the Week after two strong performances last. Playing a total of 211 minutes during two games, Greczek totaled 15 saves. After keeping the game scoreless into double overtime against Bucknell, Greczek followed that performance with 11 saves, not only a career-mark, but the best single-game mark in the conference this season, en route to a 0-0 draw with USF.
Greczek leads The American with 74 saves, and sits in the top ten with four shutouts, 1.25 goals against average, and a .796 save percentage.
This was Greczek’s second weekly honor from the AAC. He was also named the conference’s goalkeeper of the week for the week ending September 15 after making five stops and an assist on the game-winner in a 3-2 win over in-state rival Princeton and capturing his first career shutout in a 3-0 victory over South Carolina.
Rutgers is 4-4-1 at home this season, including a 1-1-1 mark in AAC conference games at Yurcak Field in 2013.
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