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Men’s Soccer Returns To AAC Action at Memphis
Scarlet Knights to Tackle Second Nationally Ranked Opponent of 2013 Season
  • Posted on September 26, 2013 2:20:20 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J  (September 25, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team will look to get back on track on Saturday night with their first ever meeting with Memphis.  The Scarlet Knights and Tigers, who are receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll and ranked at No. 19 in the Soccer America Poll, kickoff at 7 p.m.

    CORNER KICKS

     * Live stats and video of the game with the Tigers are available to GoTigersGo.com.

    * The Scarlet Knights will look to end a two-game skid after falling 1-0 to SMU last Friday in the AAC opener and dropping a 2-0 decision to Drexel on Tuesday.

    * Corboz continues to lead RU with five goals and two assists, while senior forward Kene Eze has added four goals and two assists.  Eze is day-to-day after leaving last Friday’s SMU game early with an injury.

    * Greczek is holding a 1.31 goals against average and .766 save percentage.  Through eight games he has made 36 saves.

    THE SERIES

    Saturday will be the first meeting between the Scarlet Knights and Tigers.

    SCOUTING THE TIGERS

    Memphis sports a 5-1-1 overall mark including a 2-0 shutout against Cincinnati in its only other AAC contest to date.   The Tigers are receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll and ranked 19th by Soccer America.

    Freshman midfielder Hunter Danna leads the Tigers with a trio of goals, while senior midfielder Liam Collins has racked up five points off five assists.  Senior midfielder Shane Keely is the Tigers other multiple goal scorer on the year with both his goals being game-winners.

    Keely along with classmate Mark Sherrod are both on the Hermann Trophy Watch List.  Collins ranked second in Memphis history in assists entering the season and was a two time First Team All-Conference USA selection.  Sherrod meanwhile appears on the watch list for the third straight season, including being a semifinalist in 2011, and was the C-USA Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

    In net, redshirt sophomore Cody Uzcategui is posting a 0.83 goals against average, .769 save percentage and has led the Tigers to four shutouts.

    Last season, Memphis finished at 8-7-3 overall.  The Tigers were picked just behind Rutgers in the AAC Preseason Poll at No. 6.

    ON THE ROAD

    The Scarlet Knights are looking to pick up its first road win of the season.  RU is 0-2-1 away from the friendly confines of Yurcak Field with a 2-0 loss to Drexel and a 1-1 tie at Duke along a 2-1 setback to Elon in a neutral site contest.

    AGAINST RANKED TEAMS

    The Tigers are the second ranked squad RU is facing this season.  The Scarlet Knights also met up with No. 5 Akron back on Sept. 8 with the Zips needing double overtime to get past Rutgers, 2-1.

    IN CONFERENCE PLAY

    Rutgers is 0-1 this season after falling 1-0 to SMU, despite outshooting (13-9) and outcornering (6-2) the Mustangs last Friday night.

    In AAC stats, Rutgers tops all members in points (34) and goals (13). Individually, Mael Corboz is tied for the league lead in points (12) and goals (5).  Eze ranks third in points (7) and goals (3).  Entering the week, David Greczek was leading the league in saves (33) at 4.71 saves per game.

    HOME SWEET HOME

    Following Saturday’s match-up with Memphis, the Scarlet Knights return to Yurcak Field for a pair of games.  RU hosts Hofstra in non-conference action on Wed., Oct. 2 and returns to AAC play against Cincinnati on Sat., Oct. 5.  Both games are at 7 p.m.

    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.

    Please RSVP by Oct. 1 to trandise@scarletknights.com.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersMensSoccer) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RUMensSoccer) for all of the latest news and updates. Fans also receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on both social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

    -RU-

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