Rider 1, Bucknell 0 (OT)
Women’s College Soccer
Rider University 1, Bucknell University 0 (OT)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ— The transitivity rule (A>B, B>C, so A>C) stats that if A is greater than B, and B is greater that C, than A is greater than C.
Bucknell defeated Monmouth, the reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion 2-0 on Friday. On Sunday, Rider defeated Bucknell. Does that mean that Rider is better than Monmouth?
“I wish that was the case,” said Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome. “If that was the case than soccer would be very easy. Every game is different; no two games are the same. If we were able to beat Monmouth in overtime than we’ll be very happy, but you certainly can’t say that will happen after this one game.”
Sophomore Michelle Iacono (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) scored nine minutes into overtime to give Rider a victory over Bucknell Sunday afternoon. “Michelle once again gave us what we want of her,” Hounsome said. “It was her only shot but you kind of knew once she had it she was going to score from that spot (18). She scored the exact same goal against St. John’s (exhibition game). It was a great finish to a great game.”
“I received the ball about halfway and I had it in my head that I needed to score,” said Iacono, a Preseason All-MAAC selection this year. “I just drove and was able to finish.”
Bucknell (1-2) out-shot Rider (2-1) 15-4, including 3-1 in overtime. The Bison had 10 corner kicks to Rider’s two. Bucknell defeated Rider 3-0 last year in Lewisburg, PA, the first meeting between these two teams. “Bucknell is a very solid team,” Hounsome said. “They had some great chances.”
Rider sophomore goalkeeper Bethany-May Howard (Glastonbury, England/Bridgwater College) made nine saves for her second shutout of the season. “Beth has been fantastic,” Hounsome said. “She’s confident and she made some big saves. She has to be one of the best in the conference.”
Bucknell was coming off a 2-0 victory over Monmouth on Friday night. Monmouth was the MAAC regular season and conference tournament champion last year. “We know Monmouth is one of the stronger teams in our conference and we knew that Bucknell beat them,” Iacono said. “We came out here knowing we had to work together to get a win today.”
Rider was coming off a rare overtime loss at home on Friday. “We were talking about that before the game,” Iacono said. “This is our turf and we wanted to defend it today. We knew we had to come out strong and we were able to do that today.”
Rider hosts Temple Friday evening at 7pm on the Ben Cohen Field.