Men’s College Soccer
Niagara University 2, Rider University 0
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY—The Broncs lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at Niagara Wednesday afternoon. “It was really disappointing with the way things came out,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso.
Niagara (3-9-1, 3-6 MAAC) took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute of play and scored an insurance goal with less than 19 minutes left in the game. “In the first half Niagara couldn’t get near our goal, but we gave away a corner and they scored,” Inverso said. “Now we’re chasing the game, we’re pressing, and we leave ourselves open for the counter.”
Rider (7-6-1, 2-3-1 MAAC) out-shot Niagara 16-7, but both teams had four shots on goal. Rider freshman Adrien Huss (Madrid, Spain), who missed five games due to injury, had three of Rider’s shots. “You don’t quite realize the flow that you miss when he isn’t out there,” Inverso said of his French freshman from Spain. “It was pretty evident today that with him back in there we’re just a better team.”
Rider took the first five shots of the game before Niagara took the next four, two being on goal and one ending up in the goal. “Since I have been here at Rider the first half is probably the best half we’ve played,” Inverso said, “in terms of possession, winning balls, defending.”
Rider freshman goalkeeper David Pastuna (Robbinsville, NJ) made two saves. Pastuna came into the game fourth in the MAAC in both goals against average (1.12) and save percentage (.782).
The last time Rider defeated Niagara was 2009. Rider and Niagara played to a 0-0 tie last year here in Western New York. These two teams have now met 17 times with the series now tied at 7-7-3.
“We put in a lot of minutes of good soccer today,” Inverso said, “but we’ve got nothing to show for it.”
Rider travels to Fairfield Saturday. “We’ll be ready,” Inverso said. “This group works hard and they care.”