Sayreville native Kene Eze continues to be a scoring threat for the Rutgers University men’s soccer team.
The senior forward scored his second and third goals of the season this weekend, and currently leads the team with three.
Eze scored in the Scarlet Knights’ 4-1 win over Penn State, which was the Nittany Lions’ first defeat of the season. He also had the only tally for Rutgers in the team’s 2-1 overtime loss to Akron, the fifth-ranked team in the country.
Eze led Rutgers with eight goals last season. As a sophomore, he recorded six goals and three assists.
Also scoring for Rutgers in the win over Penn State were sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz, who had two goals, and sophomore Ross Tetro, who had his first career goal.
Rutgers is 1-2-1 on the season.
FOOTBALL TEAM BOUNCES BACK: The Scarlet Knights pitched their first shutout of the season on the gridiron on Saturday, defeating Norfolk State, 38-0.
Four Rutgers touchdowns came on the ground, including three from Paul James, who amassed 119 yards on the ground. The Glassboro native scored on runs of 1, 10 and 25 yards.
Savon Huggins scored the fourth rushing touchdown of the day, a 1-yard run that capped a six-play 30-yard drive.
Quarterback Gary Nova added an 8-yard touchdown pass to Ruhann Peele. Kyle Federico’s 24-yard field goal capped the scoring.
Rutgers is now 1-1 heading into its home game Saturday against Eastern Michigan. Eric LeGrand’s No. 52 will be retired at halftime of that game.
CROSS COUNTRY DEBUT: The Scarlet Knighs’ cross country teams made their debuts this weekend at the Fordham Fiasco, and the women’s team took fourth place.
Sophomore Paige Senatore and junior Allison Payenski each recorded top 10 finishes. Senatore was fourth, finishing the course in 18 minutes, 57.88 seconds. Payenski was seventh, finishing the course in 19:18.81.
Freshman Kaitlyn Bedard finished in 18th place in 19:53.40, and senior Rashmi Singh took 20th in 20:00.70.
Eight teams competed in the season opening event, which was won by host Fordham.
The Rutgers men finished sixth as a team. Junior C.J. DeFabio was the Scarlet Knights’ highest finisher, taking 30th in 27:36.1. He was immediately followed by Anthony Horton, of Moorestown, who took 31st in 27:38.66.
All statistics courtesy Rutgers University.