WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Clement Bourret (Orleans, France/Lycee Jean Giraudoux) scored a first-half goal and assisted on Sylvain Coco’s (Nimes, Frances/University of Montpellier) game-winner in the 59th minute as the Rider University men’s soccer team defeated Monmouth, 2-1, Saturday night on Hesse Field. With the win, the Broncs improve to 5-8-1 (4-3-0 MAAC), while the Hawks are now 2-12-1 (0-8-0 MAAC).
Bourret got on the end of an Elliott Otmani (La Ciotat, France/Bonaparte) cross in the 18th minute to beat Monmouth keeper Sean Murray. In the 43rd minute, Monmouth was awarded a penalty kick that George Akampeke converted to tie the game.
In the 59th minute, Coco elevated to head in Bourret’s corner kick for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Quotes and Notes
“It was a good win. I still consider Monmouth one of the class teams in the MAAC. They’re always well-coached. Their keeper killed us with four great saves tonight. But we pulled it out and we move on to Wednesday.” – Rider Head Coach Charlie Inverso
- After an 18-year drought between regular-season wins over Monmouth, the Broncs have now won two-straight over the Hawks, cutting the deficit in the all-time series to 9-16-3.
Broncs By The Numbers
- The three points were Bourret’s first of the year.
- Coco’s goal was his second of the season. Both have been game-winners.
- Rider took a 14-4 edge in shots, including a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Broncs took six corner to the Hawks’ four.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Pablo Gatinois (Madrid, Spain/Lycee Francais de Madrid [Oregon State]) made one save in net to earn the win for the Broncs.