September 19, 2009



Providence, RIóJunior midfielder Mike Diogo (Bristol, RI) netted his first two goals of the season today as Rhode Island College picks up its first victory of the season, 4-2, over UMass Dartmouth in Little East Conference men's soccer action.



 Junior midfielder Mike Diogo


RIC (1-4-1,1-0-0) started out this game just like its previous contest at Clark on Thursday night. In the first half alone, the two teams combined for 25 fouls and three yellow cards.


The Anchormen got on the board first in the 12th minute when junior forward Josh Sousa (Cumberland, RI) crossed a free kick right to Diogo in front of the net and he hammered the ball past UMD freshman goalkeeper, Kellen Rauch (Ashland, MA)


RIC made it 2-0 in the 20th minute when Diogo, who had his first shot blocked, got the ball back and snuck it past Rauch. At this point, the game started to get very physical as there were three yellow cards issued during the rest of the half.


The Corsairs (4-1-0, 0-1-0) came out of halftime with a vengeance as they scored just 59 seconds into the period to cut the lead down to 2-1. Sophomore midfielder Ebenezer Vicente (Praia, Cape Verde) had a beautiful set up and junior midfielder Jason Couto (Somerset, MA) blasted it by RIC freshman goalkeeper Andrew Hogan (North Providence, RI).


However, that was as close as the Corsairs would come as junior forward Kyle Estrela (Dartmouth, MA) put RIC on top for good in the 46th minute. The ball was cleared out of the Anchormen end and bounced over the head of a UMD defender. Estrela chased after it, just beating the Rauch, by flipping a shot up over his head and into the net. 



Junior forward Kyle Estrela 


Couto cut the RIC lead back down to one in the 73rd minute, but the pressure from the Anchormen was just too much for the Corsairs. A penalty shot by sophomore forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) in the 82nd minute was the last goal for either team as RIC sealed the win.


Hogan (1-4-1) made two saves and picked up his first collegiate win for the Anchormen. Rauch made two saves before giving way to freshman Mike Phelan (Carver, MA), who made two additional stops, in the second half.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will face Bridgewater State at home on Tuesday, Sept. 22.