September 26, 2009






Danbury, CT—Sophomore forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) scored just 49 seconds into the second half to lead visiting Rhode Island College past Western Connecticut, 1-0, in Little East Conference men’s soccer action on Saturday afternoon.






 Sophomore forward Bruno Costa




The Anchormen, who got off to a 0-4-1 start, have battled back to win their last three games, raising their overall record to 3-4-1 and stay unbeaten with a 2-0 league mark. The Colonials see their record drop to 2-5 overall and are still searching for their first LEC victory (0-2).




The two teams battled to a scoreless first half, with RIC holding the advantage in shots, 10-4.




Costa scored the game-winner right out of the gates in the second half with a cross-cage shot on a setup from senior forward Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) . He has three goals in the club’s last two games.




For the Colonials, their best chance to get on the board came at the 73:42 mark of the second half when senior Shane Edgley’s (Oakdale, CT) shot deflected off RIC freshman goalkeeper Andrew Hogan (North Providence, RI) and rebounded directly to sophomore Daniel Sanchez (Canaan, CT). Sanchez quickly chipped the ball back toward the goal, but Hogan collected himself in time to make the save.






 Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Hogan




Hogan made three saves in the win (3-4-1). WestConn freshman netminder Angelo Tsingerliotis (Norwalk, CT) made four saves in a losing effort (1-2).


Junior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) led the Anchormen with four shots. In the first half of play, the best scoring chance came when Ruiz beat the WestConn defense into the left side of the box and blasted a shot that beat Tsingerliotis, but sailed just inches over the cross bar.


Once again, the Anchormen played a physical contest, with the visitors (18) and hosts (23) combining for 41 fouls. Seven yellow cards were issued, four for WestConn and three for RIC. Rhode Island College outshot Western Connecticut, 16-10, on the day and held a dominant advantage in corner kicks, 13-2.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Framingham State on Wednesday, Sept. 30.