Princeton (6-4-1) broke open scoring in the 18th minute and added another pair of goals before the intermission.
Sean McSherry put the Tigers up 1-0 dribbling at the top of the 18 before shooting into the far post followed by
Vikram Pothuri scoring what would be the game-winner in the 35th minute of play. Jeremy Colvin set up the play from the left side of the field finding Pothuri at the penalty mark for the shot.
Less than two minutes later, Princeton's Greg Siefert had an attempt saved at the far post, but Harry Heffernan collected the rebound for the night's third goal.
Perez put the Rutgers (0-9-2) up on the scoreboard in the 55th minute of play. Freshman Athanasios Scheidt sent a pass into the box towards Jason Wright and Perez. In the scramble with the Princeton defense, Perez emerged with the ball to strike from eight-yards out.
The Tigers, however, would add an insurance tally in the 80th minute. Benjamin Issroff sent a long pass into the near post. Tiger teammate Benjamin Martin directed a header to the center of the Scarlet Knight net for Seifert at eight-yards out for the header into the goal.
Princeton ended the night with a 14-6 advantage in shots. Rutgers held a 9-4 edge in corners.
Goalkeeper David Greczek posted four saves in the loss, while Princeton's Josh Haberman logged on stop.
"I thought we had a response coming out of that first half. We got a goal back, but we didn't have enough," said head coach Dan Donigan. "There have been a lot of things that have affected us this season, but we are trying to work through this and have an important game coming up. It's disappointing, but we have to move on and live for the next day, the next chance and that's Northwestern on Friday."
The Rutgers men's soccer team returns to the field on Friday night at 6 p.m. versus Northwestern on Alumni Night.
- Dante Perez notched this third goal of the season. He has seven points (3G, 1A) on the year and in his career.
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