Rider 1, Saint Peter's 1 (2 o.t.)
Men’s College Soccer
Rider University 1, St. Peter’s University 1 (2 o.t.)
JERSEY CITY, NJ— In popular culture it is said that the 'pearly gates' or the gateway to Heaven is guarded by St. Peter, and he decides who can and cannot enter. The Rider men’s soccer team was sent to purgatory Wednesday, coming away from Saint Peter’s with neither a heavenly win nor a hellish loss.
The Broncs and Peacocks played to a double overtime tie in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s disappointing,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso “We felt we were good enough to come away from here with three points (for a win). We competed and I cannot knock our effort. I’m proud of the effort. This team has a lot of heart, a lot of spirit.”
Rider is now 1-1-1 in overtime games this year while Saint Peter’s is 1-1-4 in overtime games this season.
Rider (6-3-1, 1-0-1 MAAC) took a 1-0 lead just 3:25 into the game when sophomore Sonimi Halliday (Sicklerville, NJ/Timber Creek) scored on a header off of a corner kick from freshman Christian Flath (Bargeshagen, Germany).
The goal was the third of the season for Halliday. “Sonimi beat his man to the ball and headed it in off a nice corner by Flath,” Inverso said.
Flath, the MAAC Rookie of the Week last week, leads the MAAC with five goals and six assists.
“We should have put them away in the first half,” Inverso said. “We had two more really good chances.”
Saint Peter’s (2-4-4, 0-0-2 MAAC) tied the score at 1-1 with just over 12 minutes left in the second half, also on a corner kick.
The Peacocks out-shot Rider 10-9, including 5-3 in shots on goal. “Saint Peter’s competed hard,” Inverso said.
Rider out-shot Saint Peter’s 5-3 in the first half and 4-1 in overtime. “I thought we dominated the first half,” Inverso said.
Rider freshman goalkeeper David Pastuna (Robbinsville, NJ) made four saves.
“Saint Peter’s has a real home field advantage on this field,” Inverso said. “The field is in tough shape and didn’t really allow us to play our game, but they are obviously used to playing on it.”
Saint Peter’s won 2-0 at Rider last season. The last time Rider traveled here to Jersey City the Broncs won 2-0.
Rider holds a 21-11-1 advantage in the series with SPU that began in 1960.
The Broncs travel to Iona Saturday afternoon for a MAAC contest. “I’m looking forward to playing a quality opponent on a good field,” Inverso said. “There isn’t much more you can ask for.”
Except maybe some devine intervention.