PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 22, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team is back in non-conference action on Tuesday when they travel to Vidas Field to take on Drexel at 7 p.m.
* Live stats and video of the game with the Dragons are available to DrexelDragons.com.
* The Scarlet Knights will look to rebound after last Friday’s 1-0 American Athletic Conference (AAC) opening loss to SMU. RU did manage to both outshoot (13-9) and outcorner (6-2) the Mustangs.
* RU leading scorer Mael Corboz led the team with four shots while freshman midfielder Erik Sa had a pair on goal against SMU. Goalie David Greczek made four stops in the loss.
* Tuesday’s meeting is the first of two road games for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights will head to Memphis for a conference contest on Saturday. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
* Corboz continues to lead RU with five goals and two assists, while senior forward Kene Eze has added four goals and two assists
* Greczek is holding a 1.22 goals against average and .786 save percentage. Through seven games he has made 33 saves.
The series between the Scarlet Knights and Dragons is tied up at 5-5-1. RU has won the last five meetings including a 3-1 victory in their last match-up on Sept. 10, 2011.
SCOUTING THE DRAGONS
Drexel is 3-2-1 overall, including a 2-2-0 record on their home turf at Vidas Field. The Dragons have won their last three straight, including a 1-0 victory over LaSalle, a 2-1 win at Lehigh and a 2-0 shutout against Stony Brook.
Drexel captured the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and finished last season at 12-4-3 overall. The team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament falling 2-0 to Brown in the first round. Sixteen letterwinners and seven starters return from last season for the Dragons. Along with Nathan Page, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, senior midfielder Ken Tribbett and defender Tal Bublil also earned conference preseason honors. Page netted nine goals and 19 points, Tribbett had three goals and eight points, while Bublil helped the Dragons allow just 0.88 goals during the 2012 regular season.
Page, a senior midfielder currently leads all Dragons with two goals and two assists. Junior midfielder John Grosh and senior forward Mark Donohue have each collected a pair of goals thus far this season.
In goal, Drexel has played both Pentti Pussinen and Tyler Afflerbach. Pussinen has allowed six goals and made eight saves along with a .571 save percentage and 1.86 goals against average in appearing in the first three games of the season. Afflerbach has allowed just one goal in Drexel’s last three contests while making 11 stops. He is holding a 0.33 goals against average and .917 save percentage.
LAST TIME VS. DREXEL
The Rutgers men’s soccer team defeated Drexel 3-1 on Sept. 10, 2011 at Yurcak Field with three different Scarlet Knights getting into the mix. Current Knights Juan Pablo Correa and Kene Eze each found the back of the Dragon net along with former Scarlet Knight Nate Bourdeau.
Rutgers and Drexel batted in the first half with the Dragons holding a slight lead in shot opportunities (4-3), however, the Scarlet Knights made the most of their chances with a goal in the 12th minute to snap the scoreless tie. Rutgers took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a give-and-go between Correa and Ibrahim Kamara. The Scarlet Knights countered Drexel with the pair of forwards leading the charge as Correa played the ball through to Kamara who then passed it back to Correa for the second of his team-leading six goals in 2011.
In the second half, the Scarlet Knights added an insurance goal to pull ahead 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Kamara delivered his second assist of the contest as he streaked down the right flank and beat a defender to the inside. Kamara then played a beautiful cross through the box for Bourdeau who connect on the pass for his first goal of the year.
Drexel challenged the Rutgers lead, cutting their deficit to one (2-1) with a goal in the 76th minute. Eric Lynch sent a pass ahead to Josh Grosh who headed it for his first score of the year.
Eze added in another RU tally in the 87th minute to help clinch the 3-1 win for Rutgers. Dragan Naumoski gained possession near midfield and played a pass ahead to Eze who beat a Drexel defender one-on-one and slotted the shot past Dragon goalkeeper Pentti Pussinen.
ON THE ROAD
The Scarlet Knights are coming off a five-game homestand and are back on the road for just the second time in 2013. RU is 0-1-1 away from the friendly confines of Yurcak Field with a 1-1 tie at Duke and a 2-1 setback to Elon in a neutral site contest.
Rutgers is currently 3-2-1 in non-conference contests having won their last two games against non-AAC teams with a 3-0 shutout of South Carolina and a 3-2 win over in-state rival Princeton.
CALLING ALL ALUMNI
The Scarlet Knights are asking their alumni to help join the team in celebrating 75 years of Rutgers Men’s Soccer. Come out and see old teammates, coaches and friends and then cheer on the Scarlet Knights as they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday, Oct. 5. A pre-game reception will be held at the Audi Club at High Point Solutions Stadium prior to the game.
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