The Seton Hall men’s soccer team closed a season-long four-game road swing on Tuesday night with a 1-0 loss at Rider University. The setback for the Pirates came despite controlling possession throughout the second half and out-shooting the Broncs over the course of the match.
The Hall came into the match trying to add onto their 10 goals of the season, but were stifled by the Broncs’ defense, who were able to deny the Pirates from getting on the board.
Coach Gerson Echeverry is still searching for something to spark his offense as once again the Hall missed several opportunities to put one in the back of the net.
“Obviously another tough loss for us,” Echeverry said. “We went in with a very good game plan and for the most part we executed it, just unfortunate that we gave up another early goal, which has been our Achilles heel in this season thus far.”
The Pirates held a 15-9 shot advantage in the match, including a 9-3 edge in the second frame, but were unable to come up with an equalizer after Rider scored in the 30th minute. Ryan Baird, the Rider goalie made five saves for the Broncs, holding The Hall off the board in its second-straight 1-0 setback.
Senior goalkeeper, Julian Spindler, made two saves in goal in the match as he looks for him and his team to find more of a consistent level of play.
“We just need to find a way to play a complete match,” Spindler stated. “We have moments and glimpses throughout 90 minutes, but we can’t seem to string together those opportunities when we need to.”
The Pirates are now 9-13-2 all-time against Rider in a series dating back to 1939. The Hall now falls to 2-4-1 in non-conference play, with one non-league match remaining with Princeton on Oct. 5th.
Tuesday night also marked the fourth time in nine matches the Pirates have out-shot an opponent as nine different Pirates attempted at least one shot in the match.
The Pirates return home for the first time since Sept. 10 on Saturday night when they welcome Marquette to Owen T. Carroll Field. The contest will mark The Hall’s third Big East match of the season and first at home; kickoff is set for 7 p.m.