Women’s College Soccer
Fairleigh Dickinson 2, Rider University 0
TEANECK, NJ—Frank Sinatra used to sing “It’s a long, long time from May to December but the days grow short when you reach September.”
For the Rider women’s soccer team, the first day of September seemed pretty long, as the host Fairleigh Dickinson Knights scored early and made a tired team chase them the rest of the game.
“We have to learn to play when we are tired,” said Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome. “We didn’t have any energy once we were down.”
Despite out-shooting the host Knights the Broncs lost at Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday afternoon.
“In terms of how we played, our possession and everything was better that what we’ve had in the first two games,” Hounsome said, “but in terms of the result it is super disappointing.”
FDU (2-1) was led by a pair of Canadians, Amanda Goulet and Esther Rochon, who each scored a goal. Goulet scored 7:34 into the game and Rochon scored with 15 minutes left in the second half.
In between, Rider (1-2) out-shot FDU 9-6. “We didn’t create enough because we could not play tired,” Hounsome said. “I felt we had most of the possession but we didn’t have any energy to break them down.”
Rider freshmen Priscilla Santos (Glendora, Calif./Glendora) and Heather Maierle (Wantagh, N.Y./Friends Academy) earned praise from their coach. “Heather did well and Priscilla played well for us today,” Hounsome said.
Rider freshman goalkeeper Vanessa Perdomo (Hillsborough, NJ/South Brunswick) made three saves in the first half, and freshman goalkeeper Bethany-May Howard (Glastonbury, England/Bridgwater College) made one save in the second half.
Rider defeated FDU 2-1 last season in Lawrenceville. FDU scored with five minutes left in the game to tie it before Rider scored with two minutes remaining. “Today we gave up mistakes,” Hounsome said.
Rider is now 4-2-1 against FDU since the series began in 2000.
“We played Friday and FDU did not, which was a huge advantage for them today,” Hounsome said, ‘but we hoped we would have played better.”
Rider hosts Mount Saint Mary’s on Friday, September 6 at 4pm but then must come back again and play on the road on Sunday.
“We have to learn how to play Friday and on Sunday,” Hounsome said.
Franklin D. Roosevelt didn't sing like Sinatra, but he did say “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Coach Hounsome is building toward the 11-team MAAC Championship Tournament.