Men’s College Soccer
Rider’s 2013 Schedule
LAWRENCEVILLE—The 2013 Rider University men’s soccer schedule begins with a pair of home games the first week of September. The regular season ends with a pair of home Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games in November, and there are six other home games in between.
“Ten home games is the most we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said third-year Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. “Any time you can get a game at home the better it is.”
The last time Rider had ten home games was 2004 when Rider played 12 games in Lawrenceville.
The 2013 season begins Labor Day Weekend with home games September 1 and 3, just as the students are coming back to campus. “We are trying to create a culture where the students will want to come out and watch us but that starts with winning,” Inverso said.
The season begins by hosting Robert Morris in the opener Sunday afternoon and Saint Joseph’s Tuesday night at 7pm under the Ben Cohen Field lights. “That Sunday afternoon game is going to be hot,” Inverso said, “so we need to prepare for that right away. The Tuesday night game is the night before classes start so we hope to get a good amount of students at the game.”
September will feature road trips to New England (Bryant) and Upstate New York (St. Bonaventure) while the Broncs host LIU-Brooklyn and NJIT. “Those long road trips can be good bonding experiences,” Inverso said.
October has four home games, beginning with Seton Hall, the BIG EAST team Rider upset in 2011 in South Orange. “Seton Hall has as excellent tradition of playing soccer the right way,” Inverso said, “so it is always great to have a chance to play them.”
Conference play begins with a Saturday afternoon home game with Marist. Rider defeated Marist last season in a game that was also at Rider. “We came up big against Marist last year,” Inverso said, “and we’re hoping to do the same again this year.”
The October schedule features a Wednesday night home game with MAAC newcomer Monmouth. Rider and Monmouth were Northeast Conference rivals for five years in the 1990s. “Year-in and year-out Monmouth is a top 25 team,” Inverso said. “They are a great opponent to have.”
After hosting Manhattan the Broncs break out the road uniforms for trips to defending champion Niagara, Fairfield and Siena before the final home weekend. “It is going to be cold when we travel to those places,” Inverso said.
Rider hosts Canisius November 6 and new MAAC member Quinnipiac Saturday, November 9 in the regular season finale. “It is always good to finish up the regular season with home games,” Inverso said.
The four-team MAAC Championship is November 15-17 at Fairfield.
Weather permitting, all 10 home men's soccer games will be streamed on BroncVision, the pay per view video stream of Rider Athletics.
GameWatcher (LiveStats) will also be available for free on the website for all home games and most away contests.