STONY BROOK, NY – Mathis Catanzaro (Montpellier, France/MHSC) scored the golden goal off a free kick in the 106th minute as the Rider University men’s soccer team closed out non-league play with a 2-1 victory over Stony Brook Tuesday night at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. With the win, the Broncs even their record at 3-3-0, while the Seawolves slip to 2-5-1.
The Seawolves grabbed a 1-0 lead on Jarred Dass goal in the 14th minute. Gabriel Fernandes intercepted the Broncs’ attempt to clear the ball, before feeding Dass for the strike. With 43 seconds remaining in the first half, a Stony Brook was whistled for a hand ball inside the 18-yard box, giving the Broncs a penalty kick. Pablo DeCastro (Madrid, Spain/Universidad Francisco de Vitoria) connected to even the score at 1-1 with his third goal of the year.
Following a scoreless second half and 15 minutes of overtime, the Seawolves were whistled for a foul 10 yards atop the box. Catanzaro curled a shot over the wall and down inside the near, left post for the golden goal.
Quotes and Notes
“A very good win tonight that the guys deserved. Road wins always feel better. I thought we did a lot of things right and I’m happy with the guys right now.” – Rider Head Coach Charlie Inverso
- The two teams were playing for the first time in 15 years. The Broncs evened the series at 2-2-1, following Stony Brook wins in 2003 and 2004. The Broncs other victory came in 2002, following a tie to open the series in 2001.
- The game was Rider’s final non-conference tune-up.
- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Garret Potter (Lafayette, NJ/High Point) made his season debut and earned the win, making three saves. The win was the first of his collegiate career.
- Rider was also credited with a team save for a shot cleared off the goal line by a back.
- The Broncs open MAAC play on Wednesday, Oct. 4, when they travel to defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Fairfield at 7 p.m.
Broncs By The Numbers
- DeCastro’s third goal pulled him into a tie for the team lead with Clement Bourret (Orleans, France/Lycee Jean Giraudoux), while giving his seven points on the year, most on the team.
- Catanzaro, who entered the game with a team-high three assists, scored his first goal of the year.
- The Broncs took a 15-10 advantage in shots on the night. Both teams finished with five shots on goal.
- Rider also took five corner kicks to the Seawolves’ three.