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August 17, 2009

 

2008 Rhode Island College Menís Soccer Season Summary
(12-6-5 Overall; 5-1-1 in the Little East Conference)
2008 Little East Conference Tournament Champions
2008 NCAA Tournament

Providence, R.I.óHead Coach John Melloís (Career record: 53-35-25, .580) team finished the 2008 season with an 12-6-5 overall record and a 5-1-1 (second place) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

Rhode Island College won its first-ever Little East Conference Tournament Championship after finishing the regular season in second place with a new program record for league wins and winning percentage.

 

 

 

The Anchormen opened Little East tourney action with a 2-1 win over Eastern Connecticut in the semifinals on Nov. 5. Plymouth State upset top-seed Southern Maine, which gave the Anchormen the right to host the Conference Championship Game for only the second time in program history. Junior midfielder Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute, snapping a scoreless deadlock, to lift the Anchormen to the title over the Panthers on Nov. 8.

 

The victory sent Rhode Island College to the NCAA Div. III Menís Soccer Tournament for the first time. The Anchormen traveled to Babson on Nov. 15 for first round action, battling the Beavers to a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime. Kelley, freshman forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) and senior defender Josh Silva (Dartmouth, MA) all scored on penalty kicks, while Babson hit the crossbar twice, to send RIC into the second round. RICís season came to end with a 2-0 loss to Stevens Institute the following day.

 

Senior back Josh Silva (Dartmouth, MA) closed out his RIC career having played in 72 games, starting all of them. He totaled five goals and four assists for 14 points, while recording two game-winning markers. Silva served as a team captain from 2006-08.

 

As a senior in 2008, he was named Third Team All-New England and First Team All-Little East Conference. Silva played in 22 games, starting all of them. He logged one assist for one point. He was named the Little East Defender of the Week once.

 

As a junior in 2007, he played in 17 games, starting all of them. Silva recorded three goals and three assists for nine points. He netted the game-winning goals in RICís, 1-0, win vs. Utica on Sept. 2 and 5-2 decision vs. UMass Boston on Sept. 15. Silva led the club in assists and was second in goals and points.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, Silva played in 14 games, starting all of them. He registered two goals for four points.

 

As a freshman in 2005, he played in 19 games, starting all of them.

 

He is a criminal justice major with a minor in sociology and a 2005 graduate of Dartmouth High School.

 

Senior midfielder Brandon Migliore (Coventry, RI) closed out his three-year career as an Anchorman having played in 52 games, starting 41 of them. He totaled six goals and nine assists for 21 points, while recording two game-winning goals.

 

As a senior in 2008, Migliore was named First Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 21 games, starting 15 of them. Migliore logged four goals and four assists for 12 points. He scored the game-winning goals in RICís, 4-1, win over Salem State on Oct. 15 and in the clubís, 2-1, win over Eastern Connecticut on Oct. 25. Migliore was tied for the team lead in assists, tied for second in goals and was second in points. He was named the Little East and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week once.

 

As a junior in 2007, he played in 14 games, starting 10 of them. Migliore had one goal and one assist for three points.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, Migliore played in 17 games, starting 16 of them. He had one goal and four assists for six points. Migliore was tied for the team lead in assists.

 

As a freshman in 2005, he played in one game before getting injured at Southern New Hampshire.

 

Migliore is a psychology major and a 2005 graduate of Coventry High School.

 

Senior defender Raunisio Oliveira (East Providence, RI) finished his two-year career as an Anchorman having played in 22 games, starting 16 of them.

 

As a senior in 2008, he played in 10 games, starting seven of them.

 

As a junior in 2007, Oliveira played in 12 games, starting nine of them.

 

As a sophomore in 2005, he earned First Team Region XXI honors while at the Community College of Rhode Island. Oliveira played in 15 games, starting all of them.

 

As a freshman in 2004, he played in 14 games, starting all of them, for the Community College of Rhode Island.

 

Oliveira is a graphic communications major and a 2004 graduate of East Providence High School.

 

Junior forward Joel Garcia (Denton, TX) played in three games, starting one of them. He scored one goal for two points on the season, tallying in RICís, 4-1, win over Westfield State on Oct. 22.

 

Junior midfielder Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) was named Third Team All-New England and First Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 22 games, starting all of them. Kelley logged three goals and four assists for 10 points on the season. He was tied for the team lead in assists, while tying for fourth in both goals and points. Kelley netted game-winners in the Anchormenís, 1-0, win over Johnson & Wales on Sept. 5 and again in the title contest of the Little East Tournament.

 

Junior defender Kory Pacheco (Smithfield, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference and was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Tournament. He played in 21 games, starting 20 of them. He registered one goal and two assists for four points. Pacheco scored the game-winning marker in the clubís, 1-0, win at Keene State on Oct. 11, helping the Anchormen snap a 13-game (0-12-1) winless streak vs. the Owls dating back to 1997.

 

Junior goalkeeper Cory Rocha (Riverside, RI) appeared in six games, starting five of them. He was 2-2 with a 0.99 goals against average, 18 saves and a .783 save percentage in 454:50 of action. Rocha earned the shutout victory with a two-save effort in RICís, 1-0, win over Johnson & Wales on Sept. 5.

 

Junior forward Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) played in 21 games, starting seven of them. He scored four goals and assisted on two others for 10 points. Rodrigues was second on the team in points, while tying for second in goals. He netted the game-winner in the Anchormenís, 2-1, win over Eastern Connecticut on Nov. 5 in semifinal action of the Little East Tournament.

 

Sophomore forward Adilson Alves (Central Falls, RI) played in 16 games. He had one assist for one point.

 

Sophomore defender Brian Batalau (Cumberland, RI) played in eight games, starting six of them. He registered one assist for one point.

 

Sophomore defender Corey Carvalho (Dartmouth, MA) played in 22 games, starting 20 of them. He registered one assist for one point. Carvalho was named the Little East Defender of the Week once.

 

Sophomore midfielder Mike Diogo (Bristol, RI) played in 23 games, starting 18 of them. He had three goals and three assists for nine points. Diogo was tied for third on the team in assists, tied for fourth in goals and was fifth in points. He was named the Little East Rookie of the Week once. Diogo scored the game-winning goal in the Anchormenís, 1-0, victory over UMass Dartmouth on Sept. 27.

 

Sophomore forward Helder Faustino (Warwick, RI) played in two games.

 

Sophomore midfielder Jason Garcia (Providence, RI) played in 22 games, starting 21 of them. He had one goal and one assist for three points.

 

Sophomore midfielder Adam Philbin (Cumberland, RI) played in 23 games, starting 18 of them. He had two goals and one assist for five points.

 

Sophomore forward/midfielder Louis Tavares (East Providence, RI) played in 23 games, starting 22 of them. He registered one assist for one point.

 

Freshman defender Ben Coco (Albany, NY) played in five games.

 

Freshman forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) played in 20 games, starting 16 of them. He recorded seven goals and three assists for 17 points. He led the team in goals, game-winning goals (four) and points, while tying for third in assists. Costa was named the Little East Rookie of the Week twice and the Offensive Player of the Week once.

 

Freshman midfielder/forward Matt Darling (Lakeville, MA) played in two games.

 

Freshman forward Jose DeAndrade (Central Falls, RI) played in six games.

 

Freshman defender Kevin Grohocki (Oakdale, CT) played in three games.

 

Freshman defender Pedro Hernandez (Central Falls, RI) played in 14 games, starting two of them.

 

Freshman goalkeeper Justin OíConnor (North Kingstown, RI) was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year. He appeared in 19 games, starting 18 of them. OíConnor was 10-4-5 with a 0.67 goals against average, 84 saves and a .866 save percentage in 1738:40. He recorded nine shutouts on the year, tying the program record. He was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week twice, the Goalkeeper of the Week once and the ECAC Defender of the Week on one occasion.

 

Freshman forward Troy Silvia (Bristol, RI) played in 21 games, starting 11 of them. He had two goals for four points.

 

Freshman defender Chris Spina (Delmar, NY) played in three games.

 

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