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September 2, 2016

 

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER
2016 PRESEASON PREVIEW

Providence, R.I.-After reaching the finals of the Little East Conference Championship for the second straight season and another 10+-win season last fall, Rhode Island College Head Men’s Soccer Coach John Mello, now in his 13th season, and the Anchormen have high hopes coming into the 2016 season. 

 

A perennial power near the top of the always tough Little East, Mello has a dynamic mix of returnees and newcomers looking forward to the challenges of the new season.

 

“This is one of the toughest schedules we’ve put together in school history,” said Mello. “We’ve got a pair of nationally-ranked teams in Amherst and Montclair State and some great intra-state rivals for our non-conference games. The Little East will be competitive from top to bottom this year and we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

 

“We have a pair of players that are as good as any in the Little East and New England in junior forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) and senior goalie Chris Moura (Rumford, RI). Dogbey was named Second Team All-Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association after earning Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors a year ago. He finished the season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. Moura posted a 1.17 goals against average and an .804 save percentage with five shutouts in net for the Anchormen.

 

 

 Junior forward Komla Dogbey

 

“Our midfield will be the strength of the team this year with four starters returning from last year’s squad,” added Mello. “Senior captains Thomas Wampler (Attleboro, MA) and Dan Monteiro (Pawtucket, RI), along with sophomore Dennis Vasquez (Providence, RI) and junior Ty Catunto (New Bedford, MA) all have valuable experience and will be a key to our success.” Monteiro made 16 starts, recording two goals and two assists for six points, while Wampler had two goals and an assist in nine games played.

 

Senior captain Yemi Matthew (Providence, RI) and fellow senior Evan Rosa (Rehoboth, MA) are returning on defense and will provide leadership and toughness to the Anchormen. Matthew played in 18 games, starting all of them, while tallying one goal and one assist for three points, while Rosa played in 17 games with five assists for five points on the season.

 

“We have a lot of experience in our eight seniors, but we have a good nucleus of younger players that will keep the future bright,” Mello added.  Returning to the RIC squad after sitting out last season are senior Kevin Arboleda (Pawtucket, RI) and junior Devin Lambert (Albion, RI). Four transfers in sophomore Cory Chantre (Pawtucket, RI), junior Elimane Seye (Providence, RI), freshman Eric Amundarian (Ellington, CT)) and freshman Frank Jajou (Johnston, RI) will join rookies Victor Reis (East Providence, RI) and Jack Clancey (Narragansett, RI) to provide depth to a solid lineup for the Anchormen.

 

The Anchormen will kick off the 2016 campaign on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4 when they travel to intra-state rival Roger Williams for the Squad Locker Tournament. The weekend will be highlighted with a matchup against nationally-ranked Montclair State.  Defending national champion Amherst, the No. 1-ranked team in the country, will visit Alumni Field at the RIC Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Sept. 7 (7 p.m.). The Anchormen will kick off the Little East portion of their schedule on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Southern Maine (2:30 p.m.).

 

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