WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The No. 16 Rutgers men’s soccer team entered its match with Monmouth on Wednesday having never lost to the Hawks in nine previous matches. With a 1-0 lead and just three minutes to play, MU appeared on its way to its first ever win against the Scarlet Knights, but Rutgers junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) erased any hopes of victory for the Hawks with the equalizer in the 87th minute of regulation.
With renewed spirit, Rutgers forced its second overtime match of the season. Just over six minutes into the extra period, junior Richie Arenas (Guatemala City) scored his second game-winning goal of the season to give RU the 2-1 victory. The forward took a cross from senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) and beat Monmouth goalkeeper Arthur Satterwhite, trickling in the winning score.
Rutgers’ fierce attacking style in the second half paid off with Karcz’s tying score. Junior Wes Kirk (Bloomfield, NJ) flicked a pass to freshman Joe Donoho (Tampa, FL), who had just entered the game. Donoho headed the ball into the box, setting up Karcz, who put it inside the far post for his second goal of the season.
“We started out with the worst half we’ve played all year,” Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso said. “This was the biggest game on Monmouth’s schedule and we came out flat. We didn’t play at all until they scored. After they scored, we had them back on their heels the whole half. We put Joe Donoho in to do exactly what he did. Chris Karcz had a big time goal and Richie Arenas did a great job selling the goalkeeper for the winner.”
Monmouth struck first, scoring less than three minutes into the second half. MU’s Nick Randazzo scored on a feed from John Carrozza, beating Rutgers goalkeeper Scott Conway (Aston, PA), hitting the inside of the far post.
Rutgers threatened several times during the first half highlighted by a Brian Johnson (Marshfield, MA) shot, on which Satterwhite made a diving save, and a Karcz header that bounced off the cross bar.
Conway made two saves in the match, while Satterwhite recorded four stops. The Scarlet Knights outshot MU, 15-11, with a 12-4 advantage in the second and overtime periods.
Rutgers returns home to face No. 12 Connecticut at Yurcak Field on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.