By Melissa Kasiarz
Wins have been tough to come by, and this past Saturday was another example of that for the men’s soccer team. The Broncs dropped another decision, this time to St. Francis (5-2-1) by a final score of 1-0. The Broncs remain optimistic, though, as they try to secure victories against Iona and Fairfield this weekend
Junior goalie Jason Giordano, who made six saves in the game, blamed a sluggish start and a few tough breaks as to why the Broncs could not walk away with the win.
“We struggled a bit in the first half to get into the flow of the game, but turned it around in the second half and really put some pressure on them,” Giordano said. “We hit the post and crossbar so a few inches here or there and we might have left with a win.”
Last year Rider lost to St. Francis 3-0 at home.
“We need to improve our ability to keep possession of the ball and to compete for the full 90 minutes of a game,” Head Coach Charlie Inverso said.
The Broncs will try to change their luck against Iona (7-1) and Fairfield (1-4) this weekend at home.
“Both Iona and Fairfield will present us with a big challenge, as they are rated one and two respectively in the conference preseason poll,” Inverso said.
“Although Iona is favored to win the MAAC, we will definitely give them a fight,” junior William Daley said. “I think teams are underestimating us and we’re going to surprise a lot of them during our conference games.”
Giordano is optimistic that the Broncs will be able to surprise both opponents this weekend.
“I don’t see one of these teams necessarily as better than the other,” Giordano said. “They were both predicted to finish in the top three in our conference so we expect a challenge, but we are looking forward to the challenge in front of our home crowd this weekend.”