September 16, 2008








Providence, RI—Freshman forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) scored the “Golden Goal” in the 102nd minute to lift Rhode Island College to a 3-2, double overtime victory against Coast Guard in collegiate men’s soccer action on Tuesday evening.



Freshman Striker Bruno Costa



The Bears were whistled for a foul deep in their own territory and the Anchormen were awarded a free kick. After the initial kick, Coast Guard knocked the ball out of the box to RIC senior midfielder Brandon Migliore (Coventry, RI) who lofted the ball on to Costa’s head for the decisive score.



Rhode Island College (3-3-1) is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1) with Costa recording nine points (3-3-9) over that time span. In the Anchormen’s past three contests, he has netted a pair of game-winning goal, while also notching a game-tying tally.


For the second game in a row, RIC was forced to come from behind twice. Coast Guard (4-2) senior forward Thomas Cameron (Portland, OR) intercepted a RIC clearing pass and blasted a rocket from 25 yards out that beat freshman goalkeeper Justin O’Connor (North Kingstown, RI) in the 19th minute to open the scoring.


RIC junior midfielder Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) set up freshman forward Troy Silvia (Bristol, RI) for the tying marker 3:17 later.


Freshman Forward Troy Silva


The Bears thought they had the game-winning tally in the 81st minute as sophomore forward Nick Devine (Rocky Hill, NJ) stepped into O’Connor’s goal kick at midfield and walked in all alone to beat the netminder for the go-ahead goal.


The Anchormen would not be denied as sophomore midfielder Mike Diogo (Bristol, RI) launched a shot from 22 yards out in the 87th minute that eluded CGA junior goalkeeper Tim Olah (Glastonbury, CT) and forced an extra session.


Sophomore Midfielder Mike Diogo


Olah (4-1) suffers his first loss of the season with a six-save effort. O’Connor (2-2-1) made seven stops to earn the victory.


The Anchormen outshot the Bears, 24-16, in the game.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open the Little East Conference circuit at UMass Boston on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.