PISCATAWAY, NJ – The 13th ranked Rutgers men’s soccer team earned a 1-1 tie with Syracuse Tuesday night at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. With the tie, the Scarlet Knights, who entered the night just two points back of St John’s for the top spot in the BIG EAST standings, move to 7-3-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the conference.
Despite out-shooting Syracuse, 24-6, Rutgers could not muster the winning tally. The Scarlet Knights had several chances in the two extra periods, highlighted by an attempted header by junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) that landed in the goal, but was called back as Karcz was assessed a warning for interfering with SU goalkeeper Alim Karim. Senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) served the ball into Karcz who collided with the keeper, sending him to the ground as the ball trickled into the goal.
Syracuse scored a goal at the 7:07 mark of the first half to open up a one goal lead on the Scarlet Knights. SU’s Frank Bruno took a pass from Kirk Johnson, lobbing it past RU goalkeeper Lubos Ancin (Burlington, NJ), who made his second career start. Ancin finished the night with one save.
Rutgers pushed hard for the equalizer, outs-hooting the Orangemen, 10-3, the rest of the half. Karim faced a number of hard shots, recording a career-high 12 saves for Syracuse. The keeper finally let one slip by as Rutgers got its long-awaited equalizer in the 77th minute.
Rutgers moved the ball into the box, serving it to junior Anthony Schiavino (North Hunterdon, NJ). Schiavino drew the defense to him and flicked it over to an open Gros, who powered in his 11th goal of the season to tie it at 1-1. Gros, this week’s BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player and ECAC Player of the Week, has now scored at least one goal in nine of Rutgers’ 12 games this season. He has totaled 16 goals in his last 16 games dating back to October 30, 2002.
“I am happy with the effort, but I would have liked a win tonight,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “I would have liked to gain more points in the conference tonight, but we will take this. I thought we outplayed them from the first whistle on. Their keeper made a number of nice saves.”
Rutgers travels to Chestnut Hill, MA, Friday to face BIG EAST foe Boston College at 7 p.m.