PISCATAWAY, NJ - The nation’s leading scorer was at it again on Saturday night. Senior Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA) scored the decisive goal in No. 16 Rutgers’ 2-0 victory over No. 12 Connecticut at Yurcak Field. The win is RU head coach Bob Reasso’s 313 overall and 299th in his 23rd season at Rutgers. He now owns a 313-136-58 overall record in his 25th year, and 299-126-51 mark with the Scarlet Knights.
In the 24th minute, Gros, who entered the week as the nation’s leader in points and goals, broke through for his seventh goal of the season. Junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) fired a ball that bounced off UConn goalkeeper Adam Schuerman, landing free in front of the goal Gros collected the rebound and put it in from 10 yards out. The goal continues Gros’ 2003 scoring barrage, as he has scored at least one point in each of Rutgers’ six games. He has tallied 16 points (7g, 2a) on the year.
Rutgers had several other scoring chances in the match, highlighted by a Gros breakaway in the second half that was contained by a UConn foul just outside the box, and a Karcz shot on goal that was corralled by the sliding Huskie goalkeeper.
Rutgers added a critical insurance goal in the 67th minute when Anthony Schiavino (North Hunterdon, NJ) headed in a corner kick from Gustavo Mora (Asuncion, Paraguay). The goal was Schiavino’s first of the season.
UConn had several scoring chances later in the second half, but goalkeeper Scott Conway (Aston, PA) snuffed out each of them. Connecticut’s attacking front finally broke through for a goal in the second half, but the player was ruled offsides, nullifying the score.
Conway registered nine stops in goal, while Schuerman made 10. Rutgers outshot UConn, 20-18, while the Huskies held a 7-6 edge in corner kicks.
“I thought our attacking third played exceptional tonight,” said Reasso. “Anthony Schiavino scored a great goal for us and Josh Gros kept doing what Josh Gros does, score goals. Scott Conway was great in goal, making several key stops. Connecticut played well tonight. This was a big victory for us.”
Rutgers will travel to Virginia Tech on Sunday Sept. 28 to face the Hokies in Blacksburg, VA, at 2 p.m.