Rutgers-Newark Topples No. 22 Whitworth

EWING, N.J. ­(September 10, 2016) – The Rutgers University-Newark men's soccer team improved to 4-1-0 on the 2016 season with a 3-1 win over nationally-ranked No. 22 Whitworth University Saturday at The College of New Jersey Adidas Soccer Classic.
Rutgers-Newark has now won 4-of-5 to start the 2016 season with all five contests being played away from the friendly confines of Alumni Field in Newark. Whitworth drops to 1-1 on the season. Whitworth won the 2015 Northwest Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament. The win for the Scarlet Raiders is their first over a ranked opponent in 2016 and first since a 1-0 blanking of Stevens Institute of Technology on October 20 of last year.
Did you know? Since the start of the 2015 season, Rutgers-Newark has played six ranked opponents. In those matches the Scarlet Raiders are 4-2-0.
R-N was able to take the upper hand just 3:44 into the action when sophomore Stefano Muniz stole the ball from a defender in the box and promptly deposited his shot into the back of the net for his third tally in the last two contests.
The match would stay 1-0 in favor of Rutgers-Newark until the 30th minute when the Pirates found an equalizer, but less than 10 minutes later sophomore Zachary Gillespie tallied his first of the season to give the Scarlet Raiders the lead for good. The goal came via a deflection in the box and went down as the game-winner.
R-N took a 2-1 lead into the half with freshman keeper Andres Medina and the Scarlet Raider defense withstanding four shots and a corner from Whitworth in the final five minutes of the period.
The two teams would go back and forth early in the second half. Rutgers-Newark recorded two shots (one on goal) and a corner in 36 seconds less than one minute in, and Whitworth was able to get three-straight corners moments later.
Senior tri-captain Dylan Elias gave Newark some clutch insurance when he converted a penalty kick with 13:49 on the clock, and Medina stopped a pair of shots late to keep the Pirates off the board.
Medina is now 4-1 in goal this season with 28 saves and 62 shots faced. The rookie was credited with six saves against Whitworth.
Whitworth finished with a 19-13 margin in shots, a 7-6 edge in attempts on goal and an 11-8 edge in corners.
Rutgers-Newark returns to action at the TCNJ Adidas Soccer Classic Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Keystone College. Host TCNJ edged Keystone 1-0 in the tournament's first game Saturday.

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