PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 23, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team closed out the home portion of its 2013 regular slate on Wednesday night at Yurcak Field suffering a 1-0 loss to Temple.
The Scarlet Knights currently sit in seventh place in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) following the loss. RU fell to 5-9-2 overall and 2-4-1 in league play. The Owls, meanwhile, moved ahead of RU in standings with the win and improved to 9-3-3 and 1-2-3 in the American.
The Owls got onto the scoreboard in the game’s 37th minute for the only tally of the game. Following an Owl throw-in deep in Scarlet Knight territory, Temple’s Vaughn Spurrier was able to feed the ball from the end line to front of the Rutgers net where Chas Wilson had an unguarded look at net for the game-winner.
Rutgers had several opportunities to find the back of the Temple net. Early in the game senior forward Kene Eze (Sayreville, N.J.) came racing through the left side of the box and had his shot block. He had another opportunity off the rebound, but Eze saw his attempt go wide right of the goal.
Eze would end the night with a game-high five shots as Rutgers outshot Temple, 16-8.
Sophomore Drew Morgan (Atlanta, Ga.) had one of the best looks in the second half after finding his way into the box from the backfield for a header. However the Rutgers shot was stopped by Owl keeper Dan Scheck in the 65th minute of play.
Junior Nathan Bruccoleri (Bordentown, N.J.) also had another RU attempt at tying the game halted by Scheck in the 71st minute. Bruccoleri had a dead center look at the Temple goal from the top of the box with a powerful shot, but the ball played right into the hand of Scheck.
David Greczek (Fairfield, N.J.) made three saves in the loss while Temple’s Scheck stopped three Scarlet Knight attempts.
“When we have inconsistencies in portions of the game, that changes the complexion and changes the psyche and mentality of the rest of the group in the locker room,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “There are little things that every guy on this team needs to be responsible for when they come to the game. I know we are young and it’s a learning process for our guys. They need to learn and mature and we’ll stop giving games up.”
“At the end of the day we have a chance to play in the post-season conference tournament,” added Donigan. “We have 10 days before UCF to try and get Kene (Eze) healthier and Mitchell (Taintor) healthier and get this group together. We can’t dwell on the past. We have to feed off the positives and a post-season tournament where anything can happen.”
The Rutgers men’s soccer team has the weekend off and return to action at UCF on Saturday, Nov. 2 to close out the 2013 regular season.
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