Men's College Soccer
Temple University 2, Rider University 0
LAWRENCEVILLE-The past met the present and the future on Ben Cohen Field.
The young Broncs, with eight freshmen in the line-up, four as starters, lost to Temple Saturday night in front of over 400 spectators, including many Rider soccer alums.
Temple (4-3-1) scored in the 19th minute of play and scored again with 30 minutes left in the second half, both goals by freshman Jared Martinelli on assists from Vaughn Spurrier.
"Two mistakes in the back killed us," Inverso said.
Temple out-shot Rider (0-8) 11-4, including 6-2 in shots on goal.
"Inserting Matti (freshman Matti Grahle of Oldenberg, Germany) and Yannic (freshman Yannic Fallack of Meerbusch, Germany) into the game made a big difference," Inverso said. "For a good 60 minutes I thought we out-soccered them. Between the 18s we have not been good enough. I thought Matti was all over the place and had a great game. I thought JB (senior Jonathan Burd of Kendall Park, N.J./South Brunswick) was good tonight. He got a full 90 and I thought it was his best game this year."
Rider senior goalkeeper Jason Giordano (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) made four saves.
Rider and Temple are former East Coast Conference rivals. The two teams last met in 2010, with the host Owls winning 4-0.
Rider and Temple have now met 32 times since the series began in 1961 with Rider winning five and there have been two ties. The last time Rider defeated Temple was 2000 and the two teams tied in 2001. Since then, Temple won 2-1 in 2007 and 3-0 in 2008.
"I'm not discouraged," Inverso said, "because I see signs of things we can be optimistic about and we haven't even gotten into the conference yet."
Rider hosts Lafayette Tuesday in the final non-conference game of the season. "We lost a real tough one up there last year in sudden death," Inverso said. "I can't wait to get them here."
MAAC play begins with a road trip to Western New York, taking on Canisius October 5 and Niagara October 7.