The tie was the second of the season for the Scarlet Knights against a top 10 team, as RU also tied then No. 1 Indiana, 0-0, in the season opener on August 31.
After a scoreless first half, in which both teams had several chances, it wasn’t until the 68:53 mark that the stalemate was broken. Freshman Sam Castellanos (Philadelphia, PA), streaking down the right side of the field, drilled a cross headed towards the box, which was deflected off the backside of a Notre Dame defender and into the upper right corner of the goal. It was the second goal in as many games for Castellanos, and his third in BIG EAST play. His goal came exactly two minutes after sophomore Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) had a goal called back on an offsides penalty.
At the 70:21 mark, Notre Dame had its equalizer called back due to an offsides penalty, but the Irish broke through nine minutes later to tie the match. Chad Riley sent a long, arching pass into the box, which ND’s Justin Detter and RU goalkeeper Ricky Zinter (Penfield, NY) fought for. Detter beat Zinter to the ball by half a step and headed a shot over the goalie to tie the match at 1-1. The score remained 1-1 through two, 10-minute overtime periods.
Rutgers played the final 42 minutes without senior David Boutilier (Sparta, NJ), who left the game following a collision at midfield. RU was also without sophomore midfielder Gustavo Mora (Asuncion, Paraguay), who suffered a leg injury early in RU’s 1-0 loss at Georgetown.
Notre Dame outshot Rutgers, 21-13, while the Scarlet Knights held a 9-5 edge in corner kicks. Zinter made 10 saves in goal, setting a season-high, while ND’s Chris Sawyer stopped four. Backs Don Gray (Toms River, NJ), Guy Abrahamson (Livingston, NJ) and Anthony Schiavino (Clinton, NJ) played well in front of Zinter.
Rutgers is idle until Friday, October 4, when they host UCLA in the opening round of the Philips/adidas Soccer Classic, hosted at Yurcak Field. St. John’s will meet Old Dominion at 6:00 p.m., while the RU/UCLA match is slated for an 8:00 p.m. start.