Nov. 17, 2011
2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament Interactive Bracket
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Steven Miller scored his Patriot League leading 12th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as Colgate (11-5-6) fell 4-2 at Rutgers in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament at Yurcak Field.
The Scarlet Knights (10-6-3) advance to play No. 4 seed Boston College in the tournament's second round Sunday at 1 p.m. in Newton, Mass.
Rutgers was on the board first at the 22:28 mark when Bryant Knibbs scored on a pretty shot from about 25 yards out that eluded Raider goalkeeper Grant Reed and snuck under the crossbar to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 1-0. It was Knibbs' fourth of the year.
Colgate wasted little time in mounting a response, as Miller scored his goal after a Rutgers turnover and buried his shot into the lower left corner beyond the dive of goalkeeper Kevin McMullen. The match was tied 1-1 as the teams went into the locker room for halftime.
The teams played evenly for about the first 19 minutes of the second half. Rutgers scored its second goal of the game off a penalty kick that was awarded after one player from each time collided in the box. Nate Bourdeau buried the attempt into the lower right corner just beyond Reed's dive and Rutgers was ahead again 2-1 at the 63:50 mark.
Juan Pablo Correa scored his sixth of the season at 81:12 after Bordeau made a pretty move to get into the penalty area and sent over a pass to Correa, who snuck his shot in past Reed. Just over three minutes later, the Scarlet Knights took a 4-1 lead after a Colgate own goal.
Patrick Letourneau scored his second of the season with 27 seconds remaining off a header after a corner kick to create the final 4-2 tally.
The Raiders finished with an 18-11 edge in shots, but only six wound up on goal. McMullen made four saves, all of which came in the second half. Reed picked up five stops for Colgate. Barrett Metzger, who picked up his seventh assist of the season on Letourneau's marker, finishes the year on top of the League in the category.
Miller, a senior and the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Year, finishes his season with 12 goals, the most by a League player since Holy Cross' Josh Trott scored 15 in 2006.
The Raiders drop to 0-5-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches and 0-3-0 as Patriot League Champion.