FRISCO, Texas (November 14, 2013) – The Rutgers men’s soccer team takes on USF in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Toyota Stadium, home of Dallas FC, at 6 p.m. Friday night.
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• The Scarlet Knights advanced to the American semifinals with a 1-0 upset of top-seeded and seventh ranked Louisville last Saturday night.
• RU had just come off a 5-1 victory over Cincinnati in the play-in game the day before where senior forward Kene Eze exploded for four goals and an assist.
• RU heads into the semifinals at 7-10-2 overall and concluded American Athletic Conference action at 2-5-1, earning the eighth seed.
• Friday’s semifinal action can be seen on the American Digital Network with Trey Bender and Cat Whitehill on the call.
• The winner of Friday’s semifinal match up will face the winner of #2 UConn and #3 UCF in the American Championships game on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
• Senior midfielder Kene Eze, following his four goal outburst last Friday in the AAC play-in and assist on the game-winner in the quarterfinals, leads RU with 20 points (8G, 4A). He is followed by sophomore midfield Mael Corboz with 18 points (6G, 6A). Corboz had the assist on the game-winner off a corner kick on Friday afternoon against Cincinnati and put away the game-winner in the quarterfinal win over Louisville.
• In goal, two-time AAC Goalkeeper of the Week and College Sports Madness’ Defensive National Player of the Week, David Greczek is posting a 1.20 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Greczek has 96 saves and five shutouts on the season.
• USF enters Friday’s game with Rutgers with a 7-3-8 overall mark having defeated fourth-seeded Temple, 1-0, in the American semifinals last weekend.
• The Bulls ended the regular season at 2-2-4 in the American and as the fifth seed of the AAC Tournament.
• USF is unbeaten in its last four contests and in eight of its last nine games.
• Lindo Mfeka leads the Bulls with 14 points (5G, 4A) followed by Edwin Moalosi with 12 points (4G, 4A) and Stiven Salinas with 11 points (5G, 1A).
• In goal, USF is led by Brentton Muhammed with a 0.65 goals against average and .826 save percentage. He has also registered seven shutouts on the year.
• The Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series with the Bulls with a 5-3-4 record.
• RU and USF have played to ties in their last three match-ups including 0-0 draws in 2011 and 2013 and a 2-2 tie last season.
LAST TIME VS. USF
• Goalkeeper David Greczek earned his fourth shutout of the year in the double overtime tie, making a career-high 11 stops in 110 minutes of play. Six of his 11 saves came in overtime.
• After ending regulation almost evenly matched in shots, with USF holding a slight edge, 11-10, the Bulls came out putting four of their five shots of the first overtime on net. Greczek thwarted four of the oppositions look at the net.
• Senior forward Kene Eze accounted for both of RU’s shots in the first overtime with a header going wide of the Bull net and a kick blocked at the top of the box with time winding down.
• The second overtime saw Greczek continue to be a stalwart in goal with two early saves including one directly on goal from five yards out by Kennedy Selorm Adablah and a free kick from just outside the left side of the box that found its way on goal by Lindo Mfeka.
• The Scarlet Knights had two late chances to light up the scoreboard. It appeared Eze broke free of the USF defense in the 107th minute and had a chance for a goal at point blank range, but was called offsides.
• A minute later, sophomore Mael Corboz sent a corner to the front of the box, but freshman Erik Sa’s header went up and over the crossbar.
• Corboz led the Scarlet Knights with four shots, including a pair on net, while sophomore forward J.P Correa had three shots.
• In all six different Scarlet Knights were able to get shots off against the Bulls.
• MFeka led USF with five shots, including four on goal, with Adablah with a trio of looks at the RU goal.
• Freshman goalkeeper David Greczek is only four saves away from notching his 100th save in the 2013 campaign.
• Greczek would be the first Scarlet Knight with 100 saves or more in a season since Steve Widdowson made 102 stops in 1995.
• The RU record is 141 saves by Joe DeMorat in 1987.
• With 96 saves on the year, Greczek is currently ninth on the single-season saves leaders list. He needs two more to surpass Jon Conway (1999) for eighth all-time, four more to surpass Dave Yeager for seventh all-time (1983) and seven to take over fifth all-time from Bill Andracki (1991) and Steve Widdowson (1995).
• Senior forward Kene Eze finished last Friday’s game with 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.
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