Men’s College Soccer
Siena College 3, Rider University 2
LOUDONVILLE, NY—Some non-soccer fans complain that the games are too long. On Saturday, if the game was 78 minutes long Rider would have tied 2-2. If the game was just 37 minutes long Rider would have won 2-1. However, the games are 90 minutes.
The Broncs lost a 90 minute Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at Siena Saturday afternoon. “It was a good game,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. “It was competitive, it was skillful. I’m proud of the effort our guys gave today. We represented ourselves well.”
The Saints (7-8-1, 3-4-1 MAAC) scored with 11:19 remaining in the second half to break a 2-2 tie. ”We got caught on a slight breakaway,” Inverso said. “They have some speedy guys up front.”
Freshman Travis Nitti (Fort Lee, NJ/Bergen Catholic) picked up a loose ball and scored from 18 yards out to give Rider (7-8-1, 2-5-1 MAAC) a 2-1 lead with 17 minutes left in first half. It was the first collegiate goal for Nitti.
“Nitti stepped up and played well,” Inverso said. “He played a lot of minutes today. He made it tough to take him out.”
Siena tied the score at 2-2 with 8:01 left in the first half.
Rider took a 1-0 in the 13th minute of play when sophomore Sonimi Halliday (Sicklerville, NJ/Timber Creek) scored his fifth goal of the season on a corner kick from freshman Christian Flath (Bargeshagen, Germany). The assist was the eighth of the season for Flath.
Siena tied the score at 1-1 in the 19th minute of play, also on a corner kick.
Rider freshman goalkeeper David Pastuna (Robbinsville, NJ) made four saves. “Dave played well,” Inverso said. “He couldn’t be faulted for any of the goals.”
Siena out-shot Rider 21-11, including 9-4 in the second half. “Siena is a very good team,” Inverso said. “They have a lot of upper classmen and today was their senior day so they had a lot to play for.”
It marked the first time in seven games that Rider scored more than one goal. “Our lack of scoring is certainly no secret,” Inverso said, “and that hurt us again.”
The Broncs are now 1-5 in their last six games.
The Broncs lost to Siena 2-1 in overtime last year at Rider. The last time Rider traveled to Loudonville (2011) the game also went overtime, ending in a 0-0 tie.
Rider and Siena have now met 19 times since the series began in 1997 with Siena holding a 10-5-4 advantage.
The last time Rider defeated Siena was 2004.
“We’ve got two games next week and we still have a lot to play for,” Inverso said.
Rider returns home for the final two games of the regular season, November 6 against Canisius (3pm) and November 9 against Quinnipiac (7pm).