Men's College Soccer
University at Albany 3, Rider University 1
VESTAL, NY-The Rider University men's soccer team lost to the University at Albany at the Binghamton Classic Friday night. "We played a good first half and a bad second half," said Rider head coach Charlie Inverso. "This was very disappointing."
The Broncs took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of play on a goal by junior Brenden Noesges (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township), his first of the season.
Noesges took a five-yard shot after receiving a pass from junior Ryan Fitzgerald (Yardville, N.J./Steinert). For Fitzgerald, it was his second assist of the year.
"We did what we've been trying to do in the first half," Inverso said. "We kept possession and moved the ball around and didn't let Albany get into any kind of flow. The second half it was us who didn't get into any flow."
After Rider took a 1-0 lead into intermission, Albany struck back and tied the game on a goal in the 54th minute off a header by Anthony DeSalvo, his first goal of the season.
The Great Danes took a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the contest on a rebound and added an insurance goal by Quintel Gates with 3:16 remaining for the final score. The goal by Gates, which came on a penalty kick, was his team-high fifth of the season for Albany.
Junior Jason Giordano (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) made his first start of the season in goal for the Broncs and made three saves.
Albany (3-2) out-shot Rider (1-4-1) 12-8 with the Broncs holding a 6-4 corner kick advantage. "The second half we were not able to follow the game-plan," Inverso said.
The Great Danes began the season with losses to Hartwick and Hofstra before defeating NJIT and Buffalo.
The only other time Rider and Albany met was in 2005, a 1-0 Albany victory.
Rider stays in New York and plays tournament host Binghamton Sunday at 2:30 pm. "I think we are going to be playing an even better team on Sunday," Inverso said. "We're going to have to play a full 90 minutes of good soccer to win that game."