Men's College Soccer
Long Island University 1, Rider University 0
BROOKLYN, NY-The Broncs lost at Long Island University Saturday afternoon. "I thought we did okay in spots," said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. "Again, there were some positives, but positives only amount to so much. This was a game we could have won."
The Blackbirds (1-4) scored on a penalty kick in the 60th minute of play to take a 1-0 lead. "The play leading up to that our defender was fouled on the ball which led to their breakaway. Another defender took him down causing the PK," Inverso said. "We have to learn how to be smarter and learn how to win."
LIU out-shot Rider (0-3) 15-10, including 6-1 in shots on goal. "I don't pay too much attention to shots," Inverso said, ."I look more at opportunities, possession and timing. There were long stretches where we had a good flow and good movement on the ball."
The Broncs were shutout for the second time this year. "From the 35 minute mark until the 80 minute mark I thought we owned the whole possession of things," Inverso said, "but it is still frustrating. We didn't score."
Rider senior goalkeeper Matt Perrella (North Brunswick, N.J./N. Brunswick) made five saves.
LIU had five corner kicks to Rider's two.
"I thought Matti (freshman Matti Grahle of Oldenberg, Germany) was really good in the midfield again today," Inverso said.
Rider and LIU are former Northeast Conference rivals. Rider holds a 7-4 advantage in the series that began in 1933. LIU won the last three meetings, last season and in 2002, all by the score of 1-0.
The last time Rider defeated LIU was 1996 in an NEC game.
Rider travels to Philadelphia to take on Saint Joseph's next Saturday. "We have to come back and go down to Philly and get one," Inverso said.