PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 2, 2013) – The Hofstra Pride netted a trio of goals in first half action to shutout the Rutgers men’s soccer team, 3-0, in non-conference play at Yurcak Field on Wednesday.
The loss drops the Scarlet Knights to 4-5-1 overall, while the Pride improved to 5-3-1 on the season.
“I think (Maid Memic) and (Chris Griebsch) are very good players,” said Dan Donigan of the Hofstra offense. “I think they are two of the better forwards I’ve seen in college soccer. That’s not to say we needed to give them the time and the space we gave them.”
The Pride got onto the scoreboard in the game’s 17th minute as Maid Memic fed the ball to Chris Griebsch at the top of the box. Griebsch lifted the ball over two Rutgers defenders for a point blank shot for the game-winner.
Less than three minutes later Hofstra added the first of two insurance goals. Mael Corboz (Green Brook, N.J.) inadvertently directed his pass to the Pride’s Memic, who able to bury the ball into goal.
“You very rarely see that,” said Donigan of the goal. “Mael’s a class player, a special player, and he made one of the few embarrassing plays of his career. I doubt he’ll ever do that again in his whole career.”
Hofstra put away the third and final goal with less than a minute remaining until the intermission. A speeding Griebsch fired straight on RU keeper David Greczek (Fairfield, N.J.). While Greczek managed to bat the ball away from goal, Kyle Poetzch picked up the rebound to put the Pride up 3-0.
The Scarlet Knights made several personnel adjustments coming out of halftime including moving Mitchell Taintor (Storrs, Conn.) forward and inserting Kiernan Kemmerer (Belle Mead, N.J.) into the defense and Mitchell Wailer (Holmdel, N.J.) into goal. The offense generated seven shots and six corner kicks in the second stanza, but were unable to find the back of the net.
“We made some wholesale changes at the half to try and do something drastic,” noted Donigan. “I’m not going to quit. We are never going to quit, but we made some changes that we feel gave us a chance to bring some energy to the game in the second half. Maybe get something back and then who knows.”
Greczek made four saves in first half action for RU, while Wailer made his first career appearance playing all 45 minutes of the second half. Patric Pray made five stops in his second straight shutout.
In all, Hofstra outshot RU, 14-12, while the Scarlet Knights held a 7-3 advantage in corners.
The Rutgers men’s soccer team returns to action in American Athletic Conference (AAC) action on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights welcome Cincinnati to Yurcak Field along with members of the men’s soccer alumni celebrating 75 years of Rutgers men’s soccer.
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