PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 11, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team is back in action for its second nationally-ranked American Athletic Conference (AAC) opponent of the week in #11 Louisville. The Scarlet Knights and Cardinals kick off on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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* The Scarlet Knights enter Saturday’s match-up sporting a 5-6-1 overall record and 2-2-0 mark in the AAC. RU fell in its last conference outing, a 1-0 setback on a penalty kick at No. 15 UConn.
* Rutgers was outshot 22-11 by UConn and was led by midfielders sophomore Mael Corboz and freshman Erik Sa with three shots each. Two of Sa’s three shots were on goal.
* Goalkeeper David Greczek made five saves in Wednesday’s loss to the AAC preseason favorite Huskies. He holds a 1.26 goals against average and .776 save percentage along with a trio of shutouts.
* Mael Corboz continues to lead the Scarlet Knights with 14 points (5G, 4A) followed by senior forward Kene Eze with 10 points (4G, 2A). In all, 11 Scarlet Knights have logged points on the season.
* Following RU’s game at Louisville, the Scarlet Knights return home for their final home games of the regular season. Rutgers hosts Bucknell on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in non-conference action, South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 19th for Senior Day and Temple on Wednesday Oct. 23 in the home regular season finale. All three games kickoff at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS
Ranked 11th by the NSCAA and 19th by Soccer America, Louisville enters Saturday’s game at 7-2-1 overall and a 3-0-0 mark in AAC action. The Cardinals have won six of their last seven games, including a 2-0 win at SMU on Wednesday. They have not lost a game since a 1-0 loss to UC Irvine back on Sept. 13.
Sophomore forward Ricardo Velazco leads all Cardinals with 14 points (5G, 4A) followed by rookie midfielder Andrew Brody with eight points (1G, 6A) and senior defender Jimmy Ockford with six points (3G, 0A). Velazco is tied along with RU’s Mael Corboz in points accrued this season, while Brody leads the AAC with his six assists.
In goal, junior Joachim Ball has played all 920 minute in net and holds AAC leading a 0.49 goals against average along with a .783 save percentage and six shutouts.
The Scarlet Knights trail the Cardinals 2-4-2 in the all-time series. Last season RU downed Louisville, 2-1, for their first win over the Cardinals since 2008.
LAST TIME VS. LOUISVILLE
Forward Kene Eze notched his third game-winning goal of the season and the Rutgers men’s soccer team held off Louisville, 2-1, back on Sept. 30, 2012.
Following a Louisville miscue in their territory, former Knight Mike Soboff got his foot on the ball about 20 yards from the midfield line. The midfielder quickly sent a ball through the middle to a streaking Eze, who drew the keeper out and tapped it past for the game-winning score.
The teams combined for a total 19 shots in the match, with each squad keeping maintaining offensive pressure throughout. Former RU keeper Kevin McMullen made five saves and held off a late charge by the Cardinals, sending away three corner kick attempts in the final three minutes of action.
A LOOK AT CONFERENCE STATS
As a team, the Scarlet Knights are tied for second in the American goals (15) and third in points (41).
Individually, sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz is tied for the league lead in points (14), tied for the conference lead in goals (5) and in a three-way tie for second in assists (4). Meanwhile senior forward Kene Eze is fifth in both points (10) and goals (4).
Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek is second among AAC netiminders with 47 saves, averaging 4.27 per game. He has also logged three shutouts this season.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
The Scarlet Knights are 1-2-0 against the Top 25 in 2013. The Scarlet Knights took a 1-0 victory at then-No. 19 Memphis two weeks ago, while then-No. 5 Akron needed double overtime to defeat RU, 2-1, earlier in the season. No. 15 UConn handed RU a 1-0 loss on Wednesday, but its lone tally came off a penalty kick.
ON THE ROAD
Rutgers is 1-3-1 away from the friendly confines of Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights picked up their first road win on Sept. 28, a 1-0 shutout of then-No. 19 Memphis.
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