Women’s College Soccer
Marist College 5, Rider University 0
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Red Foxes are considered one of the most invasive species on earth. While all species compete to survive, invasive species’ appear to have specific traits or specific combinations of traits that allow them to outcompete native species.
On Saturday night, it would appear, on paper any way, that the Red Foxes of Marist outcompeted the Broncs, handing Rider its third straight conference loss on the road with an invasive 5-0 victory.
Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome would beg to differ. “It was probably the best game we played all season,” Hounsome said. “This is a crazy sport and this was just one of those games. It wasn’t a five-goal game, that’s for sure.”
Red Fox All-MAAC senior Rycke Guiney displayed some of those invasive traits, scoring three goals and adding an assist to lead Marist to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Rider Saturday night.
“We played well,” Hounsome reiterated. “They have a terrific player (Guiney) who scored some quality goals.”
What goes around comes around.
Rider won 5-1 over Marist in 2011 in Lawrenceville, and the Red Foxes went on to win the MAAC Championship that season. “They went to the NCAA Tournament that year,” Hounsome said. “Today’s game was very similar to that game, except they are the ones with the goals this time. Both games were played closer than the score would indicate. They duplicated today what we did to them two years ago, so maybe this is a good omen and we’ll go on and win a Championship this year.”
You have to admire a coach who, after losing 5-0, is thinking about winning a championship.
Marist took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute of play with a goal on a header by Guiney.
The Red Foxes took a 2-0 lead with five minutes left in the first half and scored again less than a minute later to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“We lost focus after that third goal,” Hounsome said.
Guiney completed the hat trick in the 53rd minute of play to give the Red Foxes a 4-0 lead and assisted on the fifth goal five minutes later.
Marist (5-6-2, 3-2 MAAC) out-shot Rider (4-6, 1-3 MAAC) 15-4, including 10-2 in shots on goal.
“I thought Jenn (senior Jennifer Meier of Sayville, NY/St. Anthony’s) played well, Tori (freshman Victoria Maley of Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) played well, Katrina (junior Katrina Seidenthal of Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) played well, Priscilla (freshman Priscilla Santos of Glendora, Calif./Glendora) played well. There were a lot of good performances.”
Rider freshman goalkeeper Bethany-May Howard (Glastonbury, England/Bridgwater College) played the first half and made three saves.
Rider freshman goalkeeper Vanessa Perdomo (Hillsborough, NJ/South Brunswick) played the second half and didn’t fare much better, making two saves while allowing two goals.
The Broncs lost 1-0 at Marist in the 2012 season finale, knocking Rider out of the playoff picture.
The Red Foxes own an 11-6 advantage in the series that began in 1997.
Broncs return home for the first time in almost three weeks when Rider hosts Saint Peter’s Wednesday night, October 9, at 7:30pm. “It will be good to be back at home,” Hounsome said.
The next step toward that championship.