2013 Rider University Men's Soccer Outlook
With 15 new faces from five different countries, the 2013 Rider University men’s soccer team will have a new look, to say the least.
Third year head coach Charlie Inverso returns nine letterwinners, including seven sophomores. “It is going to be a young team, but it’s exciting,” said Inverso, who should be used to working with young teams after 24 years coaching, and winning, on the Junior College level.
“These are all guys that I brought in and I feel good about this group,” said Inverso, who has over 440 wins on the college level. “They have good chemistry.”
Elgin, a senior back, is a two-time MAAC All-academic team member and is a veteran of 47 games, including 38 starts.
“I’ve been coaching for a long time and I can’t remember dealing with a better person,” Inverso said of Elgin, who is also the President of the Rider Catholic Ministry. “He does all the right things for all the right reasons.”
Walsh, a junior forward, is also a MAAC All-Academic team member and made 12 starts last year. Walsh scored Rider’s first goal of the 2012 season and finished third on the team in scoring.
“These are the guys we’re going to be counting on,” Inverso said. “They gained some valuable experience in the spring, playing almost 90 minutes each game.”
Halliday started the 2012 opener and started the final five games of the season, playing in 12 games as a rookie. “Sonimi has really stepped up,” Inverso said.
In 2011 Halliday was named First Team All-South Jersey for the second time, leading Timber Creek to the Group III Championship Game.
Kroschwitz tied for seventh on the 2012 team in scoring, starting three of the 15 games he played. In 2011 he earned Pennsylvania All-State honors and scored 82 career goals at Palisades High School.
Miller played in 13 games as a Rider rookie, making two starts. In 2011 he led the St. Augustine Prep team to the State Title.
Veltri played in five games as a Rider rookie after earning New Jersey All-State honors at Oakcrest High School in both soccer and track.
Duffy missed the first three games of 2012 before playing in 13 as a rookie, starting seven. In 2011 he earned New Jersey All-State honors, leading St. Peter’s Prep to the Hudson County Title.
Greco played in all 17 games as a Rider rookie, starting six. At West Morris Central High he earned Second Team All-State honors as his team MVP.
Centurion played in three of the final four games of the 2012 season.
Holmes comes to Rider from St. Joseph’s College in England, while Huss hails from Madrid, Spain.
“Warren is going to be a good center back,” Inverso said. “Adrien is somebody we’re going to be counting on in the center midfield.”
Quinter comes to Rider from South Brunswick High School and played for the second ranked club team in New Jersey, Jersey United, and was selected for the State All-Star game.
Pastuna comes from nearby Robbinsville High School, where he earned All-State, First Team All-CVC and Second Team All-Area honors.
“Quilter and Pastuna are young but I think they are going to do a good job in goal for us,” Inverso said.
The schedule features 10 home games. “You want to play them all at home if you can,” Inverso said. “We’re excited about that. Hopefully we’ll get a lot of support from the students and the community.”
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has a new look this year as well, with perennial playoff contender Loyola leaving but perennial Regional power Monmouth coming in, along with Quinnipiac
“We have never played Quinnipiac but I know they are a very good team,” Inverso said. “Monmouth is a top 20 team year-in and year-out. So we might have lost one good one (Loyola) we picked up two good ones. It is going to be a tougher league, no doubt about it.”