PRINCETON, N.J. (9/11/13) - The Princeton men’s soccer team takes on in-state rival Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m., at Yurcak Field.
The Tigers lead the series 26-19-9 since it began in 1951. The Scarlet Knights took a 2-0 game last year at Roberts Stadium, despite being outshot 15-10 and being doubled up in corner kicks, 10-5. Princeton's last win in the series was in the previous game, in 2008, a 3-0 shutout.
The Scarlet Knights enter the weekend with a 1-2-1 overall record. Most recently the team lost a 2-1 game in overtime to Akron. The team defeated Penn Sate 4-1, tied Duke 1-1 and lost to Elon 2-1. Offensively the team is led by senior Kene Eze. Eze has three goals of his team's seven goals and adds one assist for seven points. Sophomore Mael Corboz has two goals, while junior Nathan Bruccoleri and sophomore Ross Tetro have a goal apiece. Rookie David Greczek has played every minute in goal and has a 1.37 goals against average and a .769 save percentage, making 20 saves on 26 shots. The team is allowing a high percentage of shots, averaging 18.8 per game, while also giving up more than eight corner kicks per game.
Princeton is 0-1 on the season after a 3-0 loss to FDU in the season opener. The Tigers struggled at first against a team that hasn't given up a goal in four games and ranked in the national poll, but found some sweet spots in the second half. Senior keeper Seth MacMillian made two saves on five shots. Last year he boasted a 0.81 GAA and a .786 save percentage. Looking to grab the Tigers' first goals of the year are sophomore Thomas Sanner and junior Cameron Porter. Freshman Greg Seifert and sophomore Jack Hilger showed promise in the attack during the FDU game as well.
The Tigers will have a quick turnaround as they host Seton Hall on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m., in the home opener.
Check out This Week in Princeton Men's Soccer featuring team co-captain Billy McGuinness