LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – With its postseason seeded secured prior to kickoff, the Rider University women’s soccer team fell to Iona, 2-0, Wednesday night on Ben Cohen Field. With the loss, the Broncs fall to 8-5-4 (5-3-2 MAAC), while the Gaels end their season at 7-11-2 (4-5-1 MAAC). The Broncs take the No. 3 seed in the MAAC Championships and will host sixth-seeded Niagara on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Faith Preziosi scored twice for the Gaels in the 12th and 79th minutes. On the first goal, Katherine Benson crossed through traffic to the top of the 18-yard box, where Preziosi struck to the left upper 90 for the score. Preziosi’s goal in the 79th minute was similar to her first, as she collected a pass from Samantha Hogan, spun to her left and unleashed a shot to the right upper 90.
Quotes & Notes
“It’s always a tricky situation when you have a game to play that has no bearing on anything. You want to go out and win and give good effort, but you also know the (next) opponent wasn’t playing. We had that last year with them. You want to take one game at a time. But when a game has no bearing on the future, you have to focus on what’s most important.”
“To be able to host a playoff game here will be exciting.” – Rider Head Coach Drayson Hounsome
- Rider now owns a 14-7-2 advantage in the all-time series with Iona. The Gaels’ win snapped a six-game Rider winning streak against Iona.
- Preziosi scored twice against Rider for the second-straight game after an Oct. 3, 2018 brace.
- Marist’s 1-0 loss at Canisius in a 4 p.m. kickoff clinched the Broncs’ positioning as the No. 3 seed.
- Several Broncs regulars did not play, including Niamh Cashin (Nottingham, England/All Saints Academy), Nikki Arrington (Middleton, MA/Masconomet Regional), Camryn Dees (Pickerington, OH/Pickerington H.S. North), Daiana Frizon David (Quilombo, Brazil/Jurema Savi Milanez [Monroe College]) and Sofia Soares (Sao Paolo, Brazil/St. Nicholas).
- Carmen Carbonell (Valencia, Spain/Guadalaviar School), Valeria Pascuet (Bunuel, Navarra, Spain/San Fermin Ikastola), Lindsey Maslow (Hanover, MA/Hanover), Ailis Martin (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac), Teresa Richardson (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman), Hailey Russell (Riverside, NJ/Riverside) and Cameron Santers (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) each played all 90 minutes.
Broncs By The Numbers
- Carbonell made eight saves in net for the Broncs.
- Iona took a 16-12 edge in shots, including a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Broncs took an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.