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January 5, 2006

 

2005 Rhode Island College Menís Soccer Season Summary

(12-5-5 Overall; 4-1-2 in the Little East Conference)

2005 ECAC New England Div. III Menís Soccer Tournament Champions

Providence, RIóHead Coach John Melloís (Career record: 23-14-7) team finished the 2005 season with a 12-5-5 overall record and a 4-1-2 (second place) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

Rhode Island College was the second seed in the 2005 Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament and earned a first round win on penalty kicks over third-seeded Plymouth State after playing to a 1-1 tie on Nov. 2. On that same day, fourth-seeded Western Connecticut pulled off a surprise upset at top-seeded Keene State, which allowed RIC to host the LEC Menís Soccer Tournament Championship Game for the first time in school history. The Anchormen battled the Colonials to a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime with Western Connecticut eventually winning on penalty kicks.

 

The Anchormen were selected to play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Div. III Menís Soccer Tournament for the third consecutive year. Second-seeded RIC steamrolled the competition en rout to its first-ever ECAC title. The Anchormen defeated seventh-seeded Castleton State, 4-0, in the first round, downed LEC foe Plymouth State, 3-1, in the semi-finals and went on the road to shut out top-seeded Clark, 2-0, in the Championship Game.

 

The teamís 12 wins were the most in a season since the 1973 squad went 13-3. The Anchormen earned a school-record 11 shutouts this fall, holding their opponents scoreless in half of their games. RIC has won at least 11 games in each of the past four seasons.

 

Senior co-captain forward Kyle Teixeira (Warren, RI) will go down as one of the best players in Rhode Island College Menís Soccer history. He closed out his career having played in 80 games, starting 77 of them. He had 82 goals and 27 assists for 191 career points. He holds the RIC records for the most goals and points in a career, and is second in career assists. Teixeira also holds the RIC record for the most goals scored in a season, set as a sophomore in 2003.

 

As a senior in 2005, Teixeira was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Year, the third of his career, and was selected First Team All-LEC for the fourth consecutive season. He becomes just the second player in LEC history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors three times to go along with four straight First Team All-Conference selections. He played in 22 games, starting 21 of them. He led the team and the LEC in both goals and points with 19 and 49, respectively. Teixeira led the team with four game-winning goals. He also had a team-best 11 assists, one shy of the RIC single-season record. He broke Domenico Petrarcaís í77 record for career points early in the season versus M.I.T. with a two-goal, one-assist performance in a RIC, 3-1, win on Sept. 10. He also earned two LEC Player of the Week honors during the season.

 

As a junior in 2004, he was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career and was selected First Team All-LEC for the third consecutive season. He was also named Second Team All-New England and team MVP. He played in 20 games, starting all of them. He had 21 goals and five assists for 47 points on the season. He broke Petrarcaís 28-year old record for career goals when he scored his 21st goal of the season and the 63rd of his career in the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament semi-final win over Plymouth State (3-1).

 

As a sophomore in 2003, Teixeira was named First Team All-Little East Conference for the second consecutive season. He was also named Second Team All-New England and team MVP. Teixeira played in 20 games, starting 19 of them. He had 24 goals, seven game-winners, and six assists for 54 points on the season. Teixeiraís 24 goals were a new RIC record for a single season. He finished the year one point shy of the RIC single-season record for points.

 

As a freshman in 2002, Teixeira was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He was also a First Team All-LEC and a Fourth Team All-New England selection. He played in 18 games, starting 17 of them. He led the LEC in goals and points, totaling 18 goals and five assists for 41 points. Of the Anchormenís 11 game-winning goals, Teixeira had seven of them. He was tied for the team lead in assists. He earned two LEC Player of the Week and two Rookie of the Week selections during the season.

 

He is a physical education/health education major and a 2002 graduate of Mt. Hope High School.

 

Senior co-captain midfielder/defenseman Matt Borges (New Bedford, MA) closed out his career having played in 76 games, starting 72 of them. He had seven goals and nine assists for 23 career points.

 

As a senior in 2005, Borges earned First Team All-Little East Conference honors. He played in 20 games, starting 18 of them. He had four goals and three assists for 11 points on the season. Borges was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 ECAC New England Div. III Menís Soccer Tournament. In addition to scoring both of RICís goals in the Championship Game vs. Clark on Nov. 13, Borges had an assist in the semi-final, 3-1, win over third-seeded Plymouth State on Nov. 12 and a goal in the, 4-1, first round win over seventh seeded Castleton State on Nov. 9. He had three goals and one assist for seven points in three games during the tournament.

 

As a junior in 2004, Borges played in 21 games, starting 20 of them. He had two goals and one assist for five points.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, Borges played in 17 games, starting 16 of them. He had one goal for two points on the season.

 

As a freshman in 2002, Borges was named Second Team All-LEC and was the teamís MVP. He played in 18 games, starting all of them. He had five assists, tying the team high, for five points on the season.

 

He is a justice studies major with a minor in philosophy and a 2002 graduate of New Bedford High School.

 

Senior forward Chris Childs (Cranston, RI) closed out his career having played in 51 games, starting eight of them. He had seven goals and seven assists for 21 career points.

 

As a senior in 2005, Childs played in 18 games, starting four of them. He had three goals and one assist for seven points. He scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals in RICís 2-1, overtime win at Plymouth State on Oct. 22.

 

As a junior in 2004, Childs played in 20 games, starting three of them. He had three goals and four assists for ten points.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, Childs did not play.

 

As a freshman in 2002, Childs played in 13 games, starting one of them. He had one goal and two assists for four points.

 

He is a physical education/health major and a 2002 graduate of Cranston High School West.

 

Senior midfielder Chris Cunha (East Providence, RI) closed out his career having played in 48 games, starting seven of them. He had four goals and two assists for ten career points.

 

As a senior in 2005, Cunha played in 13 games, starting five of them.

 

As a junior in 2004, Cunha played in 17 games, starting one of them. He had two goals and one assist for five points.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, Cunha played in nine games.

 

As a freshman in 2002, Cunha played in nine games, starting one of them. He had two goals and one assist for five points.

 

He is a communications major with a minor in marketing and a 2002 graduate of East Providence High School.

 

Junior forward Holman Giraldo (Pawtucket, RI) played in 20 games, starting 15 of them. He had four goals and one assist for nine points.

 

Junior defenseman James Lynch (Jamestown, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 19 games, starting all of them, and tallied one goal for two points. He was named the LEC Menís Soccer Defensive Player of the Week once.

 

Junior midfielder Nic Rossi (North Kingstown, RI) played in 19 games, starting 14 of them. He had three assists for three points on the season.

 

Junior defenseman Nick Tavares (East Providence, RI) played in 22 games, starting all of them. He had one goal for two points.

 

Sophomore forward Richard DíAmico (Smithfield, RI) played in 14 games, starting five of them. He had one goal and one assist for three points.

 

Sophomore forward Kyle Genereux (Harrisville, RI) played in 13 games, starting seven of them. He had three goals for six points.

 

Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Gonsalves (Somerset, MA) played in ten games, starting nine of them. He posted a 5-0-4 record with 34 saves and logged a .919 save percentage and a 0.28 goals against average. Gonsalves had six shutouts on the season, which was the fourth-highest single-season total in program history. He was named the teamís MVP.

 

Sophomore midfielder Julian Montoya (North Providence, RI) played in 19 games, starting 18 of them. He had one goal and five assists for seven points.

 

Sophomore goalkeeper Jadon Neves (Warren, RI) played in 13 games, starting all of them. He posted a 7-5-1 record with 43 saves, a .729 save percentage and a 1.27 goals against average. Neves had four shutouts on the season.

 

Sophomore defenseman James Nigrelli (Ashaway, RI) played in 21 games, starting all of them. He had two goals and one assist for five points.

 

Sophomore defenseman Matthew Souto (East Providence, RI) played in ten games, starting seven of them. He had one goal and one assist for three points.

 

Freshman midfielder Tyrell Burgess (Smiths, Bermuda) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 18 games, starting 16 of them. He had four goals and five assists for 13 points. His assist and point totals were both good for second on the team. He was named the Little East Conference Menís Soccer Rookie of the Week once.

 

Freshman midfielder Alex Zarniecki (Patchogue, NY) played in six games.

 

Freshman midfielder Joel Garcia (Providence, RI) played in four games.

 

Freshman forward Matt Gesualdi (North Smithfield, RI) played in ten games, starting one of them. He had two goals for four points.

                 

Freshman defenseman Corey Ponte (Warwick, RI) played in five games, starting one of them.

 

Freshman defenseman Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) played in 16 games, starting five of them. He had one goal and two assists for four points.

 

Freshman defenseman Josh Silva (Dartmouth, MA) played in 19 games, starting all of them.

 

Freshman defenseman Dan Soderberg (Douglas, MA) played in ten games, starting one of them.

 

Freshman midfielder Matt Turbitt (Providence, RI) played in nine games, starting one of them. He had two assists for two points.