LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 9, 2013) – Post-season action continues for the Rutgers men’s soccer team Saturday night at 7 p.m. as the No. 8 Scarlet Knights take on top-seeded Louisville at Cardinal Park in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
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• The Scarlet Knights advanced to the American quarterfinals with a 5-1 victory over No. 9 Cincinnati Friday afternoon.
• After trailing 1-0 two minutes into the second half, RU exploded for first unanswered goals, including four by senior forward Kene Eze.
• RU heads into quarterfinals at 6-10-2 overall and with a 2-5-1 record in conference play.
• The winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal match-up will advance to meet the winner of No. 4 Temple and No. 5 USF. The Owls and Bulls kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The quarterfinal game will be played at Toyota Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
• The victory over the Bearcats snapped a six-game winless streak for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers last victory before Friday afternoon came against Cincinnati, 1-0, back on October 5 at Yurcak Field.
• Senior midfielder, following his four goal outburst on Friday in the AAC play-in, leads RU with 19 points (8G, 3A). He is followed by sophomore midfield Mael Corboz with 16 points (5G, 6A). Corboz had the assist on the game-winner off a corner kick on Friday afternoon.
• In goal, two-time AAC Goalkeeper of the Week David Greczek is posting a 1.26 goals against average and .791 save percentage. Greczek has 87 saves and four shutouts on the season.
• Senior forward Kene Eze finished Friday’s game eight points, a new career mark for the senior Scarlet Knight. His previous game best was six points stemming from a trio of goals in a 3-3 tie with Adelphi back on Sept. 27, 2011.
• Eze’s four goals were also the most by a player in the American this season, surpassing the previous high of three netted by Jared Martinelli of Temple against Wofford on Sept. 6 and SMU’s Leobardo Vazquez at Cincinnati on Oct. 12.
• Rutgers’ five goals were the most in a game since the Scarlet Knights logged a 6-1 victory over Cleveland State back on Oct. 3, 2006.
• Louisville enters the post-season as the top seed with a 11-3-3 overall mark and registered a 5-1-2 record in AAC play.
• Louisville ended the regular season on a three-game unbeaten streak and had only lost one game - a 2-0 setback at Cincinnati on Oct. 23 - in its 13 games.
• The Cardinals ended the season in a 0-0 tie with USF.
• The Cardinals are led by the AAC leader in points in sophomore forward Ricardo Velazco with 23 points (7G, 9A) followed by rookie midfielder Andrew Brody with 14 points (3G, 8A).
• In net, junior Joachim Ball holds a 0.71 goals against average and .796 save percentage. He has totaled seven shutouts on the year and 43 saves.
• The Scarlet Knights trail the Cardinals 2-5-2 in the all-time series.
• Rutgers fell 3-1 at Louisville back on Oct. 12.
• Last season RU downed Louisville, 2-1, for their first win over the Cardinals since 2008.
LAST TIME VS. LOUISVILLE
• Redshirt sophomore Thomas O’Rourke scored his first goal of the 2013 campaign to help the Rutgers men’s soccer team knot the score 1-1 in the 43rd minute of action, but No. 11 Louisville scored moments before the intermission and added in an insurance goal early in the second half for a 3-1 win over the Scarlet Knights.
• Louisville got onto the scoreboard first on an unassisted tally by Santiago Velez in the 24th minute. Velez’s shot curled around RU’s keeper David Greczek into the upper right corner.
• With time dwindling down to the half, O’Rourke tied the game at 1-1 on his first goal of the season and second of his career. Off a Mael Corboz free kick, O’Rourke’s header from inside the left post in the 43rd minute evened up the match.
• However, two minutes later and with 50 seconds remaining in the first half, the Cardinals struck back as Daniel Keller posted the game-winner on a similar set up. Ricardo Velazco sent a free kick into the box, which Keller headed into the back of the Scarlet Knight goal.
• The Cardinals added in an insurance goal early in the second half. Andrew Brody gathered a loose ball inside the box for the score five minutes into the second stanza.
• Louisville outshot Rutgers, 17-6, with Greczek making a then career-high seven saves in net for the Scarlet Knights.
• Joachim Ball, who entered the game with leading the AAC in goals against average, made two stops in the win.
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