Broncs search for wins in N.Y.

Junior Brenden Noesges assisted on the opening goal during the Broncs’ 3-2 OT lose to Fairfield. Rider is 1-8-1 this season.

By Alessandra DeBenedetto

This season has been a rough one for the men’s soccer team. It kicked off the season with a great win against Seton Hall, but has lost eight games since, and three of them in overtime. The Broncs are currently 1-8-1.
This weekend, the Broncs will face off against St. Peter’s (2-7) before taking on Manhattan (0-9) on Sunday. The pressure is on the Broncs to come away with two wins.
“We are expected to win these games, so I’m excited to see if we live up to everyone’s expectations,” junior Matt Perrella said. “I expect two wins this weekend, which will put us right back in the middle of our conference.”
Senior Salvatore Lubrano knows that no game is an easy one, and the Broncs will have to come prepared to win this weekend.
“Right now any game is pretty tough, but I think we’re going to win,” he said. “We played Iona, who is first in the MAAC and it was a close game, so I think we have a very good chance of winning as long as we play like we have been playing all 90 minutes, without a letdown.”
Head coach Charlie Inverso is expecting some very stiff competition.
“If everyone is talking that these games should be locked then they’re not thinking right,” Inverso said. “These are going to be two hard games to play. If anything, we should be viewed as the underdog in the St. Peter’s game. We were predicted to finish 9th, and St Peter’s 7th, in the conference. I don’t know if we’re going to be the underdog or not but we’re going to be playing at 10 a.m. in Manhattan, so I don’t know if there will be any favor towards us.”
The men’s soccer team is going into these upcoming games with a positive attitude, but is still upset over its loss to Fairfield Sunday, 2-1 in overtime.
“There’s no easy solution, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Inverso said. “If anything, we need to toughen up and raise our standards even more. I’m very proud of our effort. There’s no doubt we’re in every game trying to win it. We need to do more things to put ourselves in a position to win.”
The Broncs are looking to forget the mistakes of the past and move on to a better and brighter future during the second half of the season.
“You have to forget about the past and stop thinking about losing,” Lubrano said.  “We have to have a fresh mentality going into the game and just believe we’re going to win regardless of the results we’ve had in the past.”

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