2nd Place Broncs Defeat 1st Place Bobcats
Men’s College Soccer
Rider University 3, Quinnipiac University 1
HAMDEN, CT—To be the best, you have to beat the best.
In a battle between the top two teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the second place Broncs defeated the first play Bobcats.
“It was a great win,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. “Quinnipiac is not in first place by accident. They are a very good team. I am really proud of our guys.”
Rider (11-3-2, 6-1-2 MAAC) freshman Arthur Herpreck (Brest, France/West Brittany) scored on an assist from freshman Clement Bourret (Paris, France/Lycee Jean Giraudoux) to give Rider a 3-1 lead with six minutes left to play.
“Clembo slipped Arthur the ball on a four-on-one counter,” Inverso said. “That one sealed it.”
Junior Jose Aguinaga (Madrid, Spain) scored on a penalty kick in the 36th minute to take a 2-1 lead. It was Aguinaga’s fourth (for four) PK of the season.
Senior Rob Nardiello (Torquay, England) scored in the 16th minute of play to tie the score at 1-1. Nardiello missed five games with an injury and played in the last three off the bench. “He worked his way back into the lineup today,” Inverso said. “He drew the penalty kick and scored when the defense misplayed a free kick.”
Quinnipiac (11-6, 7-2 MAAC) took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of play.
“When it was 2-1 Adrien (senior Adrien Huss of Madrid, Spain) made a key play, clearing one off the line on a corner kick,” Inverso said. “The ball was going in and he headed it out of the goal. That was huge, the turning point of the game.”
Rider out-shot Quinnipiac 14-11. “We were able to keep possession of the ball, which is our game,” Inverso said.
Rider senior goalkeeper Ryan Baird (Plainfield, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep) made five saves. “Ryan had some good plays,” Inverso said.
Rider defeated Quinnipiac 2-0 last year on Rider’s Senior Day.
Saturday was the fourth meeting between Rider and Quinnipiac. The Bobcats won the first two, 2-1 and 1-0 in double overtime.
Rider is now 5-0-1 in its last six games. Rider went 6-1-1 in October for the second year in a row. “October seems to be the time when we peak,” Inverso said. “Hopefully we can carry that over into November.”
Rider finishes the regular season Wednesday with a 2pm home game with Saint Peter’s on Ben Cohen Field. “We still have a chance to win the league,” Inverso said.
And that would make the Broncs the best.