FDU 3, Rider 2 (OT)
Women’s College Soccer
Fairleigh Dickinson University 3, Rider University 2 (ot)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ— The last blue moon (two full moons in one month) was in 2012 and the next one won’t be until 2015. They are pretty rare.
Almost as rare as a Rider loss on Ben Cohen Field.
Rider came into Friday night’s game 8-0-2 in its last 10 home games. Dating back to 2009, the Broncs were 27-8-5 at home.
Despite two goals from junior Tara Ballay (Delran, NJ/Delran) the Broncs lost in overtime to Fairleigh Dickinson Friday night in the 2014 home opener.
“We showed some character, coming back from two-nil down, which is good,” said Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome. “I can’t remember the last time we lost in overtime.”
Even rarer than a Rider loss at home is a Rider loss in overtime. Rider either won (six) or tied (seven) its last 13 overtime games.
Rider (1-1) trailed 2-0 after 21 minutes of play before Ballay got Rider on the board with an unassisted goal with 2:40 left before halftime. “Maddie (freshman Maddie Lipton of Los Angeles, Calif. /El Camino Real Charter) played a great ball in off of a foul and I was just lucky enough to be on the end of it,” Ballay said. “That relieved some pressure and allowed us to regroup at half time.”
Ballay took a pass from freshman Ellie Smith (Norwich, England/Norwich City) and scored with just 2:13 left in the second half, sending the game into overtime. “There was a little bit of a scramble but the girls did great getting the ball across and again, I was just lucky enough to be in there,” Ballay said.
“Tara did great,” Hounsome said. “She attacked the ball.”
Ballay now has eight goals in 27 career games.
Amanda Goulet scored the game winner for FDU (2-1) 4:26 into overtime.
The Knights out-shot Rider 24-6, including 10-1 in the second half. “We didn’t play very well today,” Hounsome said. “I thought it was a poor defensive effort.”
Rider sophomore goalkeeper Bethany-May Howard (Glastonbury, England/Bridgwater College) made a career-high 10 saves.
Rider began the season with a 1-0 victory at Seton Hall.
FDU began 2014 with a 1-0 win, defeating Northwestern, before losing 3-1 to Loyola-Chicago. Those two games were part of the Marquette Invitational. FDU defeated both Iona and Hofstra in exhibition games this summer.
FDU defeated Rider 2-0 last season.
Rider and FDU have played eight times since the series began in 2000, with Rider holding a 4-3-1 advantage. The Broncs defeated the Knights in 2012, 2-1 in a steady rain.
Rider returns to Ben Cohen Field Sunday to host Bucknell at 2pm.