LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Senior forward Clement Bourret (Orleans, France/Lycee Jean Giraudoux) scored twice as the Rider University men’s soccer team shut out La Salle, 2-0, in its home opener Saturday night on Ben Cohen Field. With the win, the Broncs even their record at 2-2-0, while the Explorers fall to 3-2-0.
Bourret opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, poking in the rebound of Francisco Gomez Olano’s (Cadiz, Spain/Univ. of Cadiz) saved shot for a 1-0 lead. The 1-0 margin would remain until the final minutes. La Salle’s Isak Sedin in the left post in the 88th minute on the Explorers’ best chance of the game.
Rider countered in the 90th minute, with Mathis Catanzaro (Montpellier, France/MHSC) playing the ball wide from the midfield to Pablo DeCastro (Madrid, Spain/Universidad Francisco de Vitoria). DeCastro then crossed from left to right to find a streaking Bourret, who beat his defender to shoot on one touch past La Salle keeper Brett Werner with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.
Quotes and Notes
“It was a difficult game. They’re a scrappy team. They came in 3-1. They’re really organized and well-coached. Rob does a great job there. I thought the first half, we followed the plan of what we wanted to do, keep the ball. We really wanted to try to get back to keeping the game simple and I think we did.” – Rider Head Coach Charlie Inverso
“It was a good home game for us. We wanted to come strong. I think we did the job. 2-0 is well done and I think we were strong defensively. The score is a team effort. Everyone’s going to enjoy it and now we have to look forward to the next game.” – Rider Senior forward Clement Bourret
- The two teams entered tonight’s game deadlocked at 11-11-1 in the all-time series, while Rider’s fourth-straight victory over La Salle gives them the advantage.
- Rider was playing its first home game of the season after its previously-scheduled home opener on Sept. 4 vs. Central Connecticut State University was cancelled.
- The Broncs return to action Saturday, Sept. 21, at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.
Broncs By The Numbers
- Following one clean sheet as a freshman at Oregon State and a Rider record-tying seven more last season, junior goalkeeper Pablo Gatinois (Madrid, Spain/Lycee Francais de Madrid [Oregon State]) made two saves to record his second shutout of the year, the 10th of his career. He now ranks fifth in program history, behind Chip Maruca (15), Keith Richardson (14), David Pastuna (12) and Ryan Baird (11).
- Bourret’s second and third goals of the year give him the team lead. He’s now matched his combined total from the past two seasons. He scored eight goals as a freshman and now has 14 for his career.
- Catanzaro collected his team-leading third assist of the year, while DeCastro and Gomez Olano each have one so far this season. The assist represents Gomez Olano’s first point as a Bronc.
- Rider took a 17-4 advantage in shots, including a 9-2 edge in shots on goal.
- The Broncs took nine corner kicks to the Explorers’ three.