BLACKSBURG, VA - The No. 10-ranked Rutgers men’s soccer team dropped its second match of the season on Sunday, falling to Virginia Tech, 2-1, in overtime at Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium in Blacksburg, VA. The loss is the first in BIG EAST competition for RU, dropping its conference mark to 3-1, and overall record to 5-2. The Hokies improve to 7-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 in BIG EAST play with the win.
Virginia Tech scored first at the 26:48 mark, to open a 1-0 lead. VT’s Scott Spangler received a pass into the box from teammate Brent Dillie, heading in the goal.
RU responded with a goal of its own less than six minutes later to knot the match at 1-1. With Rutgers’ attacking third pressuring VT keeper Chase Harrison, in search of the equalizer, the Scarlet Knights sent a ball that bounced off the keeper, falling loose in the box. Junior Brian Johnson (Marshfield, MA), who was in the match for just 54 seconds, alertly collected the ball and punched in the equalizer at the 32:10 mark.
The teams played a scoreless second period, resulting in Rutgers’ third overtime match of the season.
In the eighth minute of the extra session, VaTech’s Peer Rogge took a Bobby O’Brien feed, sending a shot from across the field that sneaked in the far post for the winning score.
Rutgers outshot Virginia Tech, 14-11, including five from junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ). The teams recorded five corner kicks each. Harrison made six stops for the Hokies, while senior Scott Conway (Aston, PA) tallied three in the second period, and one in overtime to finish the match with four saves for the Scarlet Knights.
“Virginia Tech is a very big, direct team,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso, “They served it in our box a number of times and capitalized on our mistakes. We struggled in the attacking and defensive third today. We had several opportunities to score, but we didn’t do our job.”
Reasso will try for his 300th win at Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights host the Philips/adidas Soccer Classic next Friday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 5. Reasso, in his 23rd season at Rutgers, owns a 299-127-51 record with the Scarlet Knights. He is 313-137-58 in his 25th season as a collegiate coach.
The mentor welcomes back three of his former players in the tournament who
have moved on to the coaching ranks in Lev Kirshner of San Diego State, Steve
Rammel of St. Mary’s and Dave Masur of St. John’s. Rutgers will
face San Diego State on Friday at 8 p.m. and St. Mary’s on Sunday at