November 22, 2015
Rutgers men routed in NCAA 2nd round by Akron
AKRON, Ohio -- The 2015 Rutgers men's season came to a close on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 6-1 loss to the tournament's fourth seed and fifth ranked Akron at First Energy Stadium.
Rutgers completed the season at 12-7-3.
Akron, which has gone unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 matches, improved to 16-3-2 and will meet either Denver or SMU in the third round.
"It was unfortunate we ended the season that way, but I'm still very proud of this team. Our [NCAA first round] match on Thursday took a little bit out of our guys and it was evident because we've never played this way all year long," Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan said. "It was unfortunate for that to be our last performance of the season because these guys deserve a lot better. I'm still incredibly proud of the overall season, the success these guys have achieved and what they've done for Rutgers University. Overall we've had a great season. There were only 32 teams playing today and we were one of them."
The Zips scored five goals in the game's opening 18 minutes and added another score 15 minutes into the second half.
Victor Souto put Akron up on the scoreboard in the fifth minute, converting a penalty kick. The Zips followed with back-to-back goals in the 12th minute by Stuart Holthusen and Richie Laryea and the two later struck again for their second goals of the game in 17th and 18th minutes.
Sean Sepe rounded out Akron's scoring in the 60th minute, the Zips' lone score of the second half.
The Scarlet Knights thwarted the shutout late in the second half. Senior Mitchell Taintor crossed into the box for freshman Sugor Al Awwad to bury his second goal of the year.
Junior goalkeeper David Greczek made six saves for the Scarlet Knights, who were outshot, 25-10. His counterpart, Jake Fenlason, made two stops in the win, stopping two attempts by Taintor.