PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 2, 2014) – After opening the season at 2-0 with wins over UMKC (1-0) and Lafayette (2-1), the Rutgers men’s soccer team continues its homestand hosting Syracuse on Thursday night at 7 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Game Three - vs. Syracuse - Sept. 4 - 7 p.m. - Yurcak Field
Game Four - vs. Hofstra - Sept. 7 - 1 p.m. - Yurcak Field
On Thursday night against Syracuse, Rutgers students will be welcomed back to campus with their first opportunity to enter the "Scarlet Lottery" to earn points towards football tickets. Students also have a chance to win a Nike GPS watch. Winner must be present to redeem.
On Sunday against Hofstra, the first 300 fans in attendance will receive a free Rutgers rubber bracelet. Stay after the game to meet and greet your men's soccer Scarlet Knights, who will be signing autographs postgame.
Freshman forward Jason Wright scored all three of RU’s goals last weekend and has racked up six points through two games. Junior defender Ross Tetro, redshirt junior J.P. Correa and freshman Miles Hackett all collected assists on Wright’s goals.
Sophomore David Greczek recorded six saves last week along with a shutout against UMKC. The second year Scarlet Knight netminder is holding a 0.50 goals against average and .857 save percentage.
One time Big East rivals, the Scarlet Knights and Orange meet in nonconference competition on Thursday night at Yurcak Field.
Rutgers leads the all-time series 10-8-1 and has won two of the last three meetings.
Syracuse, who returns 96.6 percent of its offense, recorded a 10-7-1 overall record, including a 3-7-1 mark in its first season in the ACC in 2013. The Orange were a perfect 7-0-0 in nonconference play and outscored its non-league foes by a combined 18-2 margin.
The Orange are coming off a 2-0 opening weekend with 3-0 wins over Niagara and St. Mary’s at home in the Central New York Classic. Six different Orange scored over the weekend.
Sophomore forward Emil Ekblom is the top returning scorer from last season having scored 10 goals his rookie season. He also recorded the game-winner in Syracuse’s win over St. Mary’s last Sunday.
In goal, junior Alex Bono has needed only to make one save in helping Syracuse to its first two shutouts of the year.
ALL-TIME VS. THE ACC:
The Scarlet Knights are 42-38-11 all-time against the current members of the ACC.
Rutgers faced Virginia during the preseason leaving Charlottesville with a 2-1 win over the Cavaliers, a squad ranked at No. 3 in the Preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll. Freshman Miles Hackett scored both goals in the preseason victory.
Boston College: 7-2-3
North Carolina: 0-1
N.C. State: 1-2-1
Notre Dame: 10-5-1
Virginia Tech: 0-2
Wake Forest: 1-1
LAST TIME VS. SYRACUSE:
Despite a late score by former Scarlet Knight Kene Eze, the Rutgers men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at Syracuse on Oct. 3, 2012 in their last meeting.
The Orange scored two minutes into the first overtime period. For the second time in the match, Jordan Murrell knocked a corner into the box, allowing Lars Muller to head the ball into the back of the net for the game winner.
The Scarlet Knights knotted the score in the 75th minute off a set piece after Eze headed a pass from inside the box into the back of the net to send the game into overtime.
Syracuse got on the board first, as Murrell curved a corner into the box where Jordan Vale headed it in for the score in the 28th minute.
RU went on the attack midway through the second half, as current junior Olisa Eze and former Scarlet Knight Max Moller each put shots on frame.
The Pride opened the 2014 season with a 0-1-1 mark at the Sheraton Chicago-Northbrook Lakeside Classic hosted by Northwestern last weekend and will travel to St. John’s on Thursday before meeting the Scarlet Knights.
Hofstra opened the season with a scoreless tie against Northern Illinois and fell 3-0 to host Northwestern.
Senior forward Maid Memic, who logged one of Hofstra’s three goals against the Scarlet Knights last season, leads the team with seven shots. A Preseason All-CAA selection, Memic has totaled 20 career goals, including 10 last season. In goal, junior Patric Pray has made 12 saves in two games with a 1.35 goals against average and .800 save percentage.
Hofstra ended last season with an 8-7-3 record and an appearance in the CAA Tournament.
Rutgers leads the all-time series with Hofstra, 13-5, but will be looking to avenge last season’s 3-0 loss.
Last season, it was the first meeting between the two teams since 1976. RU has won four of the last five contests.
ALL-TIME VS. THE CAA:
The Scarlet Knights are 26-13-4 all-time against the Colonial Athletic Association.
William & Mary: 2-1-2
LAST TIME VS. HOFSTRA:
The Hofstra Pride netted a trio of goals in first half action to shutout the Rutgers men’s soccer team, 3-0, at Yurcak Field on Oct. 2, 2013.
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 as a misdirected pass by the Scarlet Knights allowed Hofstra’s Memic to bury the ball into goal.
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. 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 forward and inserting Kiernan Kemmerer into the defense and Mitchell Wailer 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.
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.
LOOK AT LEAGUE STATS:
Entering the week, freshman forward Jason Wright is tied with Northwestern's Joey Calistri and Penn State's Connor Maloney as the Big Ten leaders in scoring. All three have three goals through two games.
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