Men’s College Soccer
Fairfield University 3, Rider University 0
FAIRFIELD, CT—Blitzkrieg is a term used in warfare whereby an attacking force proceeds to dislocate by utilizing speed and attempts to unbalance the opposition by making it difficult for them to respond effectively.
Fairfield used such tactics Saturday night in defeating the Broncs in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.
Fairfield (6-4-3, 3-2-2 MAAC) took a 1-0 lead 3:19 into the game on a 25-yard blast and scored again two minutes later.
“We had told the players that they (Fairfield) were going to come out fast and hard and direct and that’s what they did,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. “We didn’t compete with that.”
The Stags led 3-0 at the half. “It was an unacceptable start to the game,” Inverso said.
Fairfield out-shot Rider (7-7-1, 2-4-1 MAAC) 16-6, including 9-4 in shots on goal.
“One thing I’ve always been proud of with this team this year is with their effort,” Inverso said, “but tonight our effort did not start until 20 minutes into the game. There are a lot of guys who will have to compete for jobs next week. This is not going to be such a nice place to be.”
Rider freshman goalkeeper David Pastuna (Robbinsville, NJ) made six saves. “I thought David was really good for us tonight,” Inverso said. “He kept us in the game. They were going through us pretty easily.”
Rider lost 3-0 at Fairfield last season. Rider and Fairfield have now met 21 times since the series began in 1996 with Rider winning five, the last Bronc win coming in 2004. “Fairfield has a strong program but they have been up and down this year,” Inverso said. “Tonight they were good.”
Rider plays at Siena November 2. “We still think we’re in the hunt,” Inverso said. “Tonight is a lesson I wished we had learned a different way.”