LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - In a game, in which the Marist men's soccer controlled the majority of possession and scoring chances, a pair of goals by an opportunistic Rider squad would ultimately lead to a 2-0 Red Fox loss on Sunday afternoon. Senior Stephan Brossard (Port Washington, N.Y.) and junior Evan Southworth (Newburgh, N.Y.) each registered four shots for the Red Foxes in defeat.
After outshooting Loyola in its matchup on Friday night, the Red Foxes once again jumped out with a strong offensive energy. Less than 40 seconds into the contest, sophomore Dylan Lee (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) had already put a shot on goal. This was a common theme throughout the majority of the first half as Marist would take 11 shots. Both Southworth and Brossard had attempts on goal that were denied by Rider goalkeeper Matt Perrella in the first 45 minutes.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't find the back of the net after a strong first half of play, said head coach Matt Viggiano. "I really feel that getting a score in the first would've changed the game and the way that the second half could have unfolded."
At the break, the stats showed Marist with an 11-5 advantage in shots and 3-0 margin in shots on goal.
The complexion of game was altered quite quickly in the second half when Rider was awarded a controversial penalty in the box at 46:52. On cue, the Broncs' Dan Friga booted home the penalty kick to give Rider the 1-0 lead on its first shot on goal of the afternoon.
With the defensive-minded hosts in control of the scoreboard, Marist faced an up-hill battle to find breaks on the offensive end. In the 16 minutes following the PK, the Red Foxes saw three of its shots be forced wide and a fourth blocked by a defender; Rider took one shot.
In only Rider's third shot on goal of the game, Matti Grahle corralled a Dave Benavidez shot that deflected away from Marist's Anthony Sokalski (London, Ontario) and put in the ball for the Broncs' second goal at 72:22.
The Red Foxes continued to press and play hard down the stretch over the final 17:38, but it was to no avail as Rider would improve to 2-1-1 in the MAAC with the 2-0 victory. Perrella finished with his second shutout in three games.
As a team, Marist outshot Rider 16-9, with a 6-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
With the loss, the Red Foxes fall to 5-7-1 overall and 1-3 in the MAAC.
Post-game Viggiano remarked that "We deserved better. It's a shame that we continue to fight and play the game the right way, but end up on the wrong side of results. We had the ball 80 to 85 percent of the game, but we saw first-hand how important one call and one goal can be against a hungry, defensive team. Rider is a solid club and I give them credit for doing what was necessary to get the win. We will continue working hard and look to getting three points on Friday at home versus a very good Canisius club."
Marist will continue MAAC action on Friday, Oct. 19 when they host Canisius in a 7 p.m. matchup.