FORT WAYNE, IN - The Rutgers men’s soccer team opened its 2003 preseason Friday night at the IPFW Soccer Showcase, recording a tie with Michigan State, 1-1, on the Hefner Fields in Fort Wayne, IN.
Rutgers and Michigan State played the opening minutes of the match even and it appeared the teams would head into the locker room at half time still scoreless. With less than five minutes remaining before the half, MSU’s Kellen Kalso converted a penalty kick to put the Spartans up a goal at the 41:27 mark.
The match was spirited at times, as five yellow cards (3 MSU, 2 RU) and two red cards (1 MSU, 1 RU) were issued. Senior co-captain Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) was involved in a confrontation with an MSU player and both received red cards and were ejected from the game at the 80:07 mark.
Just 32 seconds after Rutgers lost Gros to the red card, junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) lived up to his Preseason All-BIG EAST billing, providing the equalizer.
Karcz, who came off the bench on Friday after starting every match in 2002, scored a team-high six goals last season for the Scarlet Knights, earning All-BIG EAST Third Team honors at the conclusion of the season. RU head coach Bob Reasso went with a young starting lineup with four newcomers beginning the match. In all, nine of Reasso’s talented 19-member recruiting class saw minutes.
Rutgers outshot Michigan State, 16-11, and held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Senior Scott Conway (Aston, PA) and freshman Lubos Ancin (Burlington, NJ) split time in goal combining for five saves. Their counterpart, Mike Robinson, registered six stops for the Spartans.
Rutgers will play its final preseason match on Sunday as part of the IPFW
Soccer Showcase, facing 11th-ranked Indiana at noon. (EST). The Scarlet Knights
will open regular season play at William & Mary, Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7