Piscataway, N.J. – Senior Chris Griebsch and junior Maid Memic each notched a goal and an assist and freshman Kyle Poetzsch came off the bench to log his first collegiate goal as Hofstra defeated Rutgers, 3-0, in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night at Yurcak Field.
Hofstra won a season-high third consecutive game in improving to 5-3-1. Sophomore Patric Pray made five saves for the Pride as Rutgers fell to 4-5-1. The Pride won a road game for the first time this season, moving to 1-3-1 away from Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
Rutgers was coming off a 1-0 victory over No. 19 Memphis in the previous game and has not allowed more than two goals in a game the entire the season. Hofstra exceeded that total through the first 45 minutes, taking a three-goal lead into the locker room.
Pray made the support stand up, making four of his saves in the first half and one stop in the second in just his second collegiate start. The University of Washington transfer, who made three saves in a shutout during his first collegiate start against UNH on Sunday, has started his career without allowing a goal through 204:20 in three appearances (including one as a reserve).
The Scarlet Knights entered having not allowed more than two goals in any contest through the first nine games, but the Pride found room to operate against Rutgers’ 4-5-1 system for two goals in the opening 20 minutes, crafting a 7-1 shot advantage in the early stages and an 11-5 edge at halftime.
Memic and Griebsch were Hofstra’s top-two goal scorers last season. The duo showed those offensive skills early with the pair netting goals less than three minutes apart to give the Pride a 2-0 edge.
Griebsch started the run by gaining a stride on a Rutgers defender, moved halfway into the box fired a left-footed shot that beat keeper David Greczek in the 17th minute. Griebsch scored his first goal in seven games and the third of the season to give the Pride an early edge over the American Athletic Conference-member.
Memic then followed with his fourth goal in the last three games with a 19th-minute scoring strike. Memic has a Hofstra-leading five goals this year, taking advantage of a ball hitting a Rutgers defending and taking a fortuitous bounce.
Poetzsch registered a key insurance goal with 26 seconds left in the half. Griebsch fired a 20-yard initial shot that Greczek saved, but Poetzsch buried the rebound chance.
Defensively, a back line led by senior Tyler Botte, sophomore Marius Flateboe and freshmen Mario Ruiz and Rory Murphy held Rutgers in check as the Scarlet Knights were blanked for the third time this season. RU leading scorer Mael Corboz entered with five goals and 13 points but was scoreless on four shots.
The contest marked the first meeting between the schools since 1976.
Hofstra will open Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday against UNC Wilmington from Hofstra Soccer Stadium.