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Senior goalkeeper David Greczek will finish his career as Rutgers' all-time saves leader with 367 in four years on the Banks.

Senior goalkeeper remains one of lone bright spots in difficult season for Rutgers

When David Greczek first stepped foot in Piscataway, he knew it was where he wanted to spend his collegiate years playing the game he loves for the Rutgers men's soccer team. “When I went through the committing process and I came to Rutgers and I saw the campus, the coaching staff, the players (and) the facilities, I was just mesmerized by it," he said. "I thought it was a great fit to come here.

Junior forward Jason Wright scored a goal and assisted another in Rutgers’ first win of the season, a 3-2 victory over Bradley in its regular season finale Saturday. Wright leads the Knights with 6 on the season.

Rutgers earns first win in regular season finale

In a game where the Rutgers men’s soccer team trailed early and was tied up for some time and was outshot 22 to 11, the Scarlet Knights escaped Peoria, Illinois, with their first win of the season. “It was our last chance to get the win that we’ve so badly been wanting,” said head coach Dan Donigan. Rutgers (1-13-2, 0-6-2) continued its trend of allowing early goals by giving one up in the sixth minute.

Junior forward Jason Wright chases the ball during Rutgers’ 2-1 loss to Northwestern in which he scored the Knights’ only goal.

Late collapse prevents Rutgers from earning first win

Everything was in place for the Rutgers men’s soccer team to walk away with its first win Friday, the same night it honored its all-time wins leading ex-head coach Bob Reasso. But after holding a 1-0 lead for 64 minutes of the game, the Scarlet Knights conceded a goal with just two minutes remaining in regulation time to allow Northwestern to creep its way back into the game.

Senior goalkeeper David Greczek are excited to face in-state rivals Princeton for the chance at its first win of the season.

Rutgers hosts in-state rival Princeton, eyes first win

The Rutgers men’s soccer team seems to be playing its best soccer of the season. Still winless through their first 10 games, the Scarlet Knights look to carry their solid play into Tuesday as they host in-state rival Princeton (5-4-1). Friday marked the fourth consecutive game Rutgers has either tied the opposition or lost by one goal, with two of those four teams being ranked in the top 15. The offense seems to be creating more creative opportunities to score, even though the Knights are only averaging .80 goals per game, said head coach Dan Donigan.  “I just told them continue to move and get the second and third guys involved in the attack,” Donigan said.

Despite being winless through its first nine games, junior forward Ryan Peterson said the Rutgers men's soccer team won’t throw in the towel on its season.

Knights host Michigan team facing similar struggles this season

The previous 4 out of 5 Rutgers men’s soccer games have either been a tie or a loss by only a one-goal difference. Those games include a 2-1 double-overtime loss to No. 1 Maryland, a scoreless tie against No. 6 Indiana, a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast and a 1-0 loss to Wisconsin. But closely contested games don’t count as wins and the Scarlet Knights find themselves in the basement of the Big Ten Conference.  One team that is close to Rutgers in the standings is Michigan, but it also does not sport a record that shows how close its contests have been.

Junior defender Niel Guzman had the Knights’ best scoring chance late against the Badgers, but had his shot saved.

Misfortune strikes Rutgers again in 1-0 loss to Wisconsin

Gloomy, wet and eerie were three words to describe the scene that took place Saturday night at the Dan McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex in Madison, Wisconsin. But the outcome was anything but unusual for the Rutgers men’s soccer team, as it dropped its eighth game of the season, putting it at 0-8-1 thus far.

Head coach Dan Donigan said Rutgers needs to improve on playing complete games.

Rutgers play Badgers in Madison

Coming off a resilient comeback that just fell short of a win, the Rutgers men’s soccer team looks to get back on track as it heads to Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday to resume conference play against the Badgers. But, the Scarlet Knights (0-7-1), (0-3-1) (why are there two records?) face a different kind of team this weekend. Unlike Florida Gulf Coast’s high-octane offense, the Badgers sport a totally different look. Wisconsin’s goalkeeper Phillip Schilling is averaging a .78 (SPELL OUT FOR FIRST REFERENCE UNLESS THIS IS A BIG THING AND I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT IT IS) GAA, which is second in the Big Ten, as well as a .760 save percentage that ranks third in the Big Ten.

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