LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Pablo DeCastro (Madrid, Spain/Universidad Francisco de Vitoria) scored his team-leading eighth goal of the year, but the Rider University men’s soccer team fell to Quinnipiac, 3-1, Wednesday afternoon on Ben Cohen Field. With the loss, the Broncs (7-7-2, 4-4-2 MAAC) take the No. 6 seed in the MAAC Championships, while Quinnipiac (9-5-3, 7-2-1 MAAC) will be either the No. 2 or 3 seed, depending on Iona’s result tonight at Monmouth. Should Iona win, the Broncs will head to third-seeded Quinnipiac in Sunday’s Quarterfinals. An Iona loss or tie would send Rider to New Rochelle.
Quinnipiac struck first in the fifth minute, when Romain Daniellou sent a cross from the right sideline that sailed over both Bobcats’ midfielder Evan Hughes and Rider goalkeeper Pablo Gatinois (Madrid, Spain/Lycee Francais de Madrid [Oregon State]) and into the corner of the net for the 1-0 Quinnipiac lead. Rider equalized in the 36th minute, as Sergio Aguinaga (Madrid, Spain/Antonio Dominguez Ortiz) got past his defender to the goal line and crossed to DeCastro for a header from close range.
The Bobcats got what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 60th minute, as Jason Budhai fed Tomas Svecula for the score. With Rider bringing everyone forward looking for the equalizer, Budhai got ahead of the pack and beat Gatinois for the two-goal lead in the 88th minute.
Quotes and Notes
“I think everybody’s pretty positive. We had some guys out. We’re starting to get some guys back. I think we’re ready to enter the playoffs.”
“I think we’re a pretty good road team. The last five years, we’ve won 32 road games, including the playoffs. I don’t think it’s anything to be overly concerned about. We actually like going on the road to play.” – Rider Head Coach Charlie Inverso
- Quinnipiac closed Rider’s lead in the all-time series to 6-4.
- Through 16 games this season, Rider has not had consecutive wins, losses or ties.
Broncs By The Numbers
- The goal was DeCastro’s team-leading eighth of the year and his 25th as a Bronc. The incredibly-consistent DeCastro had 19 points in both 2017 and 2018 and currently has 18 points this year.
- Aguinaga contributed his second assist of the season, giving him a pair of assists in each of his three years at Rider.
- Gatinois made two saves in goal for Rider.
- Rider took a 17-9 edge in shots, including a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.
- Quinnipiac took five corner kicks to the Broncs’ three.