Seton Hall 2, Rider 1 (2 O.T.)
Men’s College Soccer
Seton Hall University 2, Rider University 1 (2 O.T.)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ— Avast, me hearties! Tis the Golden Age of Piracy.
First them landlubber baseball buccaneers from Pittsburgh reached the MLB playoffs for the first time since before Davy Jones even had a locker.
And now, the Pirates of Seton Hall win a men’s soccer game on the road for the first time in five games this year.
Well shiver me timbers!
The Broncs took BIG EAST opponent Seton Hall to double overtime before losing to the Pirates Wednesday evening.
“This is probably the best team we’ve played so far,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. “It’s painful that we lost but there were still some good signs. We’re doing some good things out there.”
Rider (5-3) took a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute of play when junior Ryan Walsh (Chesterfield, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional) collected a rebound after a shot by freshman Christian Flath (Bargeshagen, Germany) was saved and found the back of the net.
For Walsh, it was his first goal of the season and the third of his career. “Walsh is always going to give you the best effort out there,” Inverso said. “He’s an alert guy and did exactly what we wanted him to do on that free kick.”
Seton Hall (3-4-2) quickly tied the score at 1-1 two minutes and 20 seconds later on a breakaway. “Despite their record they are a very good team,” Inverso said. “They’ve played a very good schedule. They caught us on a counter.”
In the second overtime period the Pirates scored on a header off of a corner kick for the golden goal. “We had our chances in the overtime, we just came up empty,” Inverso said.
Rider freshman goalkeeper David Pastuna (Robbinsville, NJ) made a career-high nine saves. “Dave did another god job,” Inverso said. “He made a really big save in the second half.”
Seton Hall out-shot Rider 24-7, including 11-4 in shots on goal. “I thought they had the better of the play in the first half but the second half was pretty even,” Inverso said.
Seton Hall had 10 corner kicks to four for Rider. “Despite the shot tally I thought we had some pretty good opportunities,” Inverso said.
Rider defeated Seton Hall in the 2011 season opener but lost to the Pirates in overtime last year.
Rider and Seton Hall have now met 24 times since the series began in 1939, with the Broncs holding a 13-9-2 advantage. The last time these two teams met prior to 2011 was the 1993 season opener, a 6-1 Seton Hall victory.
Rider hosts Marist Saturday at 1pm in the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season. “We’re playing for money now,” Inverso said, referring to the importance of the conference games. “The players will be ready. This is a competitive group.”
The Broncs will be ‘playing for money’, just not pieces of eight and gold doubloons.