Rider 5, Saint Peter's 3
Men’s College Soccer
Rider University 5, Saint Peter’s 3
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider University men’s soccer team will be the second seed in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Tournament November 11-13 at Quinnipiac University.
Rider finished second to regular season champ Quinnipiac, despite the Broncs defeating Quinnipiac this year.
The Broncs scored three goals in the final four minutes for a come-from-behind victory over Saint Peter’s in the regular season finale Wednesday afternoon.
“It was a crazy game,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. “I’ve been doing this for a long time but I can’t remember ever scoring three goals in the final four minutes. It was quite a comeback.”
Junior Elliott Otmani (LaCiotat, France), the MVP of the 2015 MAAC Championship Tournament, once again rose to the occasion. “He stepped up when it counted,” Inverso said.
Otmani compiled two goals and an assist to lead Rider. Otmani scored the game-winner with 3:29 remaining on a rebound off of a free kick. “His goal that made it 4-3 was off the chart,” Inverso said. “It was a world-class goal in the upper left corner.”
With the victory, Rider (12-3-2, 7-1-2 MAAC) receives a first round bye in the MAAC Championship Tournament.
“It’s been quite a run,” Inverso said of the Broncs having just one loss in the last 11 games (8-2-1). “I’m proud of these guys.”
Rider senior Adrien Huss (Madrid, Spain) scored on a free kick to tie the score at 3-3 with four minutes left in the second half.
Saint Peter’s (3-13-2, 2-8 MAAC) took a 3-2 lead on a corner kick with seven minutes left.
Senior Fernando Pina (Madrid, Spain) scored in the 25th minute off of a rebound of his own shot to give Rider a 1-0 lead. It was his second goal of the season.
Pina added an assist on a goal by Otmani to give Rider a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the second half. “His goal that made it 2-0 was really good,” Inverso said.
Saint Peter’s cut the lead to 2-1 on a penalty kick with 20 minutes left in the second half and tied the score at 2-2 on another PK with 10 minutes left in the second half. “We played really well until we conceded the first goal,” Inverso said.
The Broncs finished the regular season 7-0 at home. ”It was a good way to finish up,” Inverso said.
Rider out-shot Saint Peter’s 17-10. Rider senior goalkeeper Ryan Baird (Plainfield, NJ/St. Peter’s Prep) made two saves, including one on the PK but Saint Peter’s scored on the rebound.
Last season Rider lost at Saint Peter’s 2-0. The last time Saint Peter’s came to Lawrenceville Rider won 4-0. The Broncs own a 23-12-2 advantage in the series that began in 1960.
The game with Saint Peter’s was also part of the hOURglass Rivalry series.