LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Sergio Aguinaga (Madrid, Spain/Antonio Dominguez Ortiz) scored the game-winning goal in the 99th minute as the Rider University men’s soccer team defeated Manhattan, 3-2, in overtime on a rainy and windy night on Ben Cohen Field. With the win, the Broncs improve to 5-4-2 (2-1-2 MAAC), while the Jaspers slip to 3-7-0 (2-2-0 MAAC).
The Broncs opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, as Sylvain Coco (Nimes, France/University of Montpellier) headed in Taner Bay’s (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) corner kick. Manhattan had the equalizer in the 30th minute, with Milan Devuyst getting behind the Rider defense to knock in Desmond Cole’s free kick from close range.
Rider retook the lead in the 44th minute, as Sam Carter (Queens, NY/Archbishop Molloy [Loyola (Md.)]) headed the ball from the midfield stripe to Francisco Gomez Olano (Cadiz, Spain/University of Cadiz), who chipped it over the Manhattan defense to Pablo DeCastro (Madrid, Spain/Universidad Francisco de Vitoria), who finished on one touch from 20 yards into the right upper 90.
In the 60th minute, the Jaspers again equalized, as Berti Fourrier collected an Angee Komano cross into the box, playing it down to his feet with his chest before striking it inside the left post to make it 2-2.
Late in overtime, DeCastro was knocked to the ground on a run to the goal for a free kick from 30 yards out. Aguinaga lined it up, serving a ball to the goal line that Manhattan goalkeeper Marcellin Gohier attempted to play on a short hop. But it skipped by him for the golden goal.
Quotes and Notes
“What an effort considering that we’re playing with about 14 healthy bodies. I couldn’t ask for any more. This is a really gutty effort tonight. I’m proud of these guys. Really proud.” – Rider Head Coach Charlie Inverso
- A year after Manhattan defeated Rider in overtime on its home field, the Broncs returned the favor to push their lead in the all-time series to 14-5-5, including an 8-2-1 mark since 2009.
- Aguinaga’s goal was the first of his three-year Rider career.
- Bay and Carter each registered their first assists of the year.
- The Broncs return to action Saturday, when they play travel to Niagara. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Broncs By The Numbers
- DeCastro’s goal was his team-leading fifth of the year. He also has a team-best 12 points.
- Gomez Olano registered a point for the second-straight game, following his goal last time out against Monmouth. He now has a goal and two assists on the year.
- Coco scored his third goal of the year, good for third-most on the team.
- Pablo Gatinois (Madrid, Spain/Lycee Francais de Madrid [Oregon State]) made one save in the victory.
- The Jaspers took a 10-7 edge in shots. However all seven Rider shots were on target, giving the Broncs a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.
- Rider took a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.