PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men’s soccer team scored two goals in the final 20 minutes of play, but a goal by Georgetown’s Jeff Curtin in the 74th minute sealed the 3-2 victory for the Hoyas Wednesday night in front of 1,004 fans at Yurcak Field. The loss drops the Scarlet Knights to 5-5-3 overall and 2-2-2 in conference play. Georgetown improves to 8-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Georgetown, the highest scoring team in the BIG EAST, raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. GU’s Danny McAnally rocketed in a high ball from 25 yards out that slipped just inside the left post to put the Hoyas up, 1-0, in the 35th minute. It appeared RU would head into the locker room with a one-goal deficit, but Georgetown scored with less than a minute remaining in the first half to take the 2-0 halftime edge. GU’s Daniel Grasso sent a hard shot which bounced off RU goalkeeper Lubos Ancin (Burlington, NJ) and rolled in front of the net. An opportunistic Mike Glaccum collected the loose ball and fired the rebound shot.
Rutgers cut into the 2-0 deficit in the 71st minute as a wild scramble in front of the net resulted in Larry Mark's (Beltsville, MD) first goal of the season. Senior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) sent a hard shot to the net, which bounced off GU goalie Andrew Keszler. Another shot followed but the ball was saved by a defender just before it crossed the goal line. Ohin collected the loose ball and punched home the goal from five yards out.
In the 74th minute, Georgetown capitalized on a Rutgers foul just outside the box as Dan Gargan served a ball into the box off a free kick, which Curtin received and scored the game winner from the middle of the box.
Rutgers, which outshot the Hoyas 11-2 in the second half, searched feverishly for more scoring opportunities. Senior Gutavo Mora (Asuncion, Paraguay) received a pass from freshman Tommy Gray (Middletown, NJ) and rocketed in the Scarlet Knights’ second score of the contest in the 88th minute.
RU controlled possession throughout the final minutes of the match and received one final opportunity with 12 seconds remaining. Rutgers was awarded a free kick as a result of a Georgetown foul. The Scarlet Knights would be without the services of Brinker Dailey (Atlanta, GA) for the final attempt as he was forced to the sidelines following a hard collision just moments before the foul. Mora’s kick was intercepted by a Hoya defender and Georgetown escaped with the victory.
Rutgers outshot Georgetown, 17-9, and held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Ancin made four saves while giving up three goals for the first time all season. Keszler made eight saves for the Hoyas.
“We did a nice job battling back, but this was a tough loss,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “I give credit to Georgetown for the victory. They seized their opportunities and finished off their chances.”
Rutgers travels to Storrs, CT, to take on Connecticut on Saturday at 7 p.m.