LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 6, 2013) – A new season begins for the Rutgers men’s soccer team on Friday at 2 p.m. at Cardinal Park as the No. 8 Scarlet Knights take on No. 9 Cincinnati in the play-in game of the 2013 American Athletic Conference Tournament.
* Click here for the 2013 AAC Tournament Central page. Information on all nine AAC teams, twitter feed of the championships and bracket all available.
* The Scarlet Knights enter Friday afternoon’s contest looking to snap six-game winless streak and advance to the AAC quarterfinals. RU heads into AAC Tournament at 5-10-2 overall and with a 2-5-1 record in conference play.
* The winner of Friday’s play-in game will advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal contest with top-seeded Louisville. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.
* Redshirt sophomore forward J.P. Correa logged his first goal of the 2013 campaign in RU’s last outing – a 2-1 setback to UCF to close out the regular season. Correa’s goal snapped 447 minutes of scoreless play for the Scarlet Knights.
* Rutgers last victory came against Cincinnati, 1-0, back on October 5.
* Sophomore midfielder 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.
* In goal, two-time AAC Goalkeeper of the Week David Greczek is posting a 1.28 goals against average and .786 save percentage. Greczek has 81 saves and four shutouts on the season.
ABOUT THE BEARCATS
Cincinnati enters the post-season with a 5-11-1 overall mark and finished with a 1-7 record in AAC action. Their lone conference victory was a 2-0 win over top-seeded Louisville on Oct. 23.
Cincinnati closed out the 2013 regular season with a pair of overtime games, falling 1-0 to both UConn and Temple.
The Bearcats are led by junior midfielder Ashani Walker with four goals, including one on a penalty kick attempt, and junior midfielder Will Diebold, who has collected eight points off of a pair of goal and four assists. Next on the stat sheet are sophomore forward John Manga with three goals and junior forward Mark Simpson with six points off two goals and two assists.
In net, sophomore Alex Gill is posting a 1.27 goals against average and .782 save percentage. He has totaled 68 save on the season along with a trio of shutouts.
The Scarlet Knights hold a slight edge over the Bearcats in the all-time series at 5-4-1. The two teams has gone back and forth between the win and loss columns the last six seasons with RU capturing a 1-0 shutout in the regular season meeting back on October 5.
LAST TIME VS. CINCINNATI
Sophomore Mitchell Taintor’s goal in the 64thminute of play helped lift the Rutgers men’s soccer team back into the win column in a 1-0 win over Cincinnati on October 5 at Yurcak Field.
After playing to a 0-0 stalemate in the first half, the RU offense turned it up in half number two. The Scarlet Knights controlled the ball much of the half and outshot the Bearcats, 12-5, in the second stanza. Of the five Cincinnati shots, three were saved by freshman goalkeeper David Greczek while the other two went wide of the net.
Taintor’s goal came off a Scarlet Knight corner kick with classmate Mael Corboz sending the cross to the front of the net. Taintor managed to lose the Cincinnati defender marking him and as everyone scrambled in the box on the Corboz kick, Taintor was able to control the ball off his chest and send it into the back of the Bearcat goal. For Taintor it was his second goal of the season.
Greczek ended the night with four saves, while his counterpart, Alex Gill, made three saves in the loss.
In all, RU outshot Cincinnati, 16-10, and held a 4-3 edge in corners.
A LOOK AT CONFERENCE STATS
As a team, the Scarlet Knights are seventh in the American in points (48) and goals (17).
Individually, sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz is sixth in points (15), in a three-way tie for the seventh in goals (5) and sixth in assists (5).
Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek leads all AAC netminders with 81 saves, averaging 4.76 per game. He has also logged four shutouts this season.
ON NEUTRAL GROUND
This will be RU’s second neutral site contest of the year. Rutgers fell 2-1 to Elon in its only other neutral site game.
75 YEARS OF RUTGERS MEN’S SOCCER
Click here to see the 14-member Rutgers Men’s Soccer 75th Anniversary Team. Thanks to all our fans for voting for the team throughout the season.
LALAS BACK “ON THE BANKS”
Alexi Lalas, one of the greats of RU men’s soccer, who was honored on the 75th Anniversary Team, will be at the RAC on Nov. 14th when the Rutgers men’s basketball team hosts Yale. Lalas will be on hand with fellow RU women’s soccer great Carli Lloyd for autograph night between 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
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