PISCATAWAY, NJ – On a rainy Tuesday evening on Senior Night at Yurcak Field, the Rutgers men’s soccer team recorded a 3-1 victory over local-rival Princeton. The win improves the Scarlet Knights to 9-4-3, securing head coach Bob Reasso his 23rd consecutive season without a losing record as head coach of the Scarlet Knights. RU honored its four seniors -- Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA), Todd Moser (Fanwood, NJ), Scott Conway (Aston, PA) and Don Gray (Toms River, NJ) – in a ceremony as part of the Senior Night festivities held prior to the match.
Nearly a half hour after being honored, Gros tallied his 13th goal of the season to open up a 1-0 lead for Rutgers. He rocketed a low ball past Princeton goalkeeper Bobby Guelich to give Rutgers a 1-0 lead at the 34:33 mark. Gros was set up by a perfectly-placed feed from junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ).
Play was spirited throughout the match, resulting in a total of five yellow cards and one red card, five of which where issued against the Scarlet Knights. Action became heated following a Scarlet Knight foul in the 39th minute. Reasso protested the call and was dealt a yellow card and subsequent red card, forcing his ejection from the contest. Associate head coach Jeff Zaun took over as Rutgers’ mentor the rest of the game.
Four minutes later, Princeton netted the equalizer, as Kyle McHugh crossed a ball to Franco Tripicchio, who scored from 10 yards out.
As the intermittent rain grew steady, junior Anthony Schiavino (Clinton, NJ) put on a dribbling exhibition near the Tigers’ goal, knifing through the Princeton defense, firing a hard shot past the keeper from five yards out for what proved to be the game-winner in the 52nd minute.
Despite a one-goal lead, Rutgers remained aggressive the rest of the half, outshooting Princeton, 24-8, for the match. The Scarlet Knights attacking style paid off with an insurance goal in the 67th minute to make it 3-1. Karcz earned his seventh goal of the season, winning a ball near the top of the box and beating the keeper for the score.
Conway made two saves in goal for Rutgers, while Guelich registered seven stops for Princeton. RU held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.
“We have great seniors who have served us well throughout their time here,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “It is amazing how fast their careers go by. I thought we came out strong, but momentum swung their way after I was issued the red card. We regained the lead and never looked back in the second half. I am fortunate enough to have great assistants who stepped in during my absence and did a great job with this team the rest of the game.”
The win extends the Scarlet Knights’ unbeaten streak against Princeton to nine games.
Rutgers concludes its regular season out west this weekend, taking on No. 1 UCLA on Friday, Oct. 31, at 10 p.m. (EST) and Cal State Northridge on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. (EST).