NORFOLK, VA - The Rutgers men’s soccer team opened play in the 29th annual Stihl Soccer Classic at Old Dominion University on Friday evening with a 1-1, double-overtime tie against William & Mary. The draw moves the Scarlet Knights’ record to 1-0-2 on the season, while the Tribe move to 1-1-1.
Both teams played nearly 84 minutes of scoreless soccer before action heated up. William & Mary played a defensive-minded match, retreating most of its players near the back line for the majority of the match.
William & Mary’s Brannon Thomas converted a corner kick from Patrick Scherder to take a 1-0 lead with a little more than six minutes showing on the clock. Action heated up and it would not be long before Rutgers answered as senior co-captain Wes Kirk (Bloomfield, NJ) sent a cross into the box where sophomore Bart Koffeman (The Hague, Holland) headed in the equalizer with 1:20 remaining in regulation.
That was all the scoring fans would see on the night, as RU and William & Mary played two overtimes of scoreless soccer, ending in the Scarlet Knights’ second draw of the young season.
Rutgers dominated possession throughout the match and reeled off 16 shots to William & Mary’s eight. RU held a 6-5 edge on corner kicks. Head coach Bob Reasso utilized his deep Rutgers squad, with 19 Scarlet Knights appearing in the match.
Sophomore Lubos Ancin (Burlington, NJ) played all 90 minutes in goal for Rutgers, recording two saves. Kris Rake was active between the posts for the Tribe, stopping six Rutgers shots-on-goal.
“William & Mary kept a lot of numbers back the entire match,” said Reasso. “We controlled the match throughout. I thought our kids played a solid match and we used a lot of our bench tonight.”
Rutgers will close out play in the Stihl Classic, facing host-ODU on Sunday at 2 p.m.