PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 26, 2012) – Rutgers freshman defender Mitchell Taintor (Storrs, Conn.) and junior forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) each posted a goal as the men’s soccer team (4-3-0) bounced back from its overtime loss last weekend with a 2-1 win over Central Connecticut State (2-5-1) on Wednesday night.
“I think we had a bunch of mistakes,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “The game was just stagnant and stale to me as a coach, and I’m sure the players feel that way as well. There wasn’t much excitement, nothing in the air. That can lead to that kind of a performance. We came on in the second half and actually had a really good go to get the two goals.
“Obviously, we’ll take the win but we have to get ready now for a very good Louisville team. Hopefully our guys are confident they know who’s coming into town because we’re going to need to play at a very high level to compete on Sunday.”
The two sides played to a scoreless draw in the first half with Central Connecticut State holding a slight advantage in shot opportunities, 6-3. The momentum shifted clearly in favor of the Scarlet Knights in the second half as Rutgers outshot CCSU 11-5 over the final 45 minutes of action.
RU broke open the deadlock with two-straight goals, the first coming in the 49th minute. Sophomore midfielder Nathan Bruccoleri (Bordentown, N.J.) took a shot at the top of the box, but the attempt was blocked by a CCSU defender, however that deflected shot landed at the foot of Taintor who drilled a shot past Blue Devils goalkeeper Anthony Occhialini.
The Scarlet Knights extended their lead in the 57th minute, this time on a set piece following a CCSU foul. Freshman midfielder Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.) took the free kick from just inside the midfield line. His service into the box was chested down by sophomore midfielder Max Moller (Tulsa, Okla.) and played over to Eze who slipped a shot into the net for a 2-0 edge.
Central Connecticut State cut into the 2-0 lead at the 62 minute mark, due in large part to a miscue in the Rutgers defense. A ball played back to the goalkeeper was intercepted and shot by Eddy Bogle into an empty net to pull the Blue Devils to within one goal at 2-1. The Scarlet Knights were able to hunker down for the remaining 28 minutes, keeping CCSU off the board en route to the victory.
RU will return action and BIG EAST play on Sunday, Sept. 30, when it hosts Louisville at 1 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
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