Men’s College Soccer
Robert Morris University 3, Rider University 0
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA—The Broncs lost the 2014 season opener at Robert Morris Sunday afternoon. “It was a frustrating game,” said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso, who won two of his first three season openers at Rider. "We sort of gave them the first two goals. In about a minute’s time we made two mental blunders and that was the difference of the game.”
Robert Morris (1-0-1) scored with just one second left in the first half. “We had a goal kick with 45 seconds left in the first half,” Inverso remembered, “and we gave it away. The scored on a counter-attack after we had controlled the first half. We need to know how to manage the game better.”
The Colonials scored on a penalty kick just 1:03 into the second half. “We give a pass back to the keeper that didn’t reach him so he had to come out and commits a foul,” Inverso said.
Robert Morris star Neco Brett, who assisted on the first goal, scored the third goal of the game with 15 minutes 10 minutes left to play. Brett led the entire nation with 36 points last season (14 goals, eight assists).
Although RMU out-shot Rider 17-9, the Broncs had 10 corner kicks to just two for the Colonials. “We created enough chances to win the game,” Inverso said. “The corner kick is pretty indicative of how the game went.”
Rider sophomore goalkeeper David Pastuna (Robbinsville, NJ) made seven saves. “Pastuna did a pretty good job today,” Inverso said. “He pulled out some good saves.”
The Colonials tied Hartwick Friday night.
Rider (0-1) plays at Saint Joseph’s September 5 at 7pm. “We need to come back out and start doing the things that make us a good team,” Inverso said.