October 7, 2009



Cambridge, MAJunior goalkeeper Helder Faustino (Warwick, RI) made five saves to earn his first collegiate win, a shutout as well, as the Rhode Island College men's soccer teams defeated MIT, 3-0, at Roberts Field. Faustino, who has moved into the starting role with an injury to freshman Andrew Hogan (Providence, RI), is now 1-1-1 on the year.


Junior Goalkeeper Helder Faustino


The Anchormen, who have lost only once in their last six games, improve to 4-5-2 overall, while the Engineers fall to 6-5 with the loss.


 RIC opened the half with a flurry of shots before the game became a battle in the midfield. MIT broke the stalemate in the 22nd minute when Zachary Kabelac put a shot on net that was scooped up by  Faustino right before Christian Therkelsen had a chance to redirect the ball.


 On RIC’s counterattack, junior forward Josh Sousa (Cumberland, RI) sent a pass to senior defender Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) two yards in front of the goal. Kelley’s initial shot was stopped by netminder Dylan Rankin. He quickly booted the rebound to the far post, which was turned away on a diving save from Rankin. On his third try, Kelley gathered the loose ball and chipped it over Rankin to put the Anchormen on the board.


RIC extended its margin in the 26th minute on a strike by junior midfielder David De Melo (Fall River, MA). From the far sideline, midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) sent a pass through traffic which was gathered by De Melo at the top of the box and then booted to the lower left corner of the net. Ruiz now has seven points (3-1-7) in his last three games.



Senior Defender Ryan Kelley


In addition to enjoying a 2-0 lead at the intermission, the Anchormen held a commanding 12-3 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.


 RIC continued to attack in the second stanza with Rankin picking up point-blank saves on blasts in the first two minutes. The Engineers put some pressure on the Anchormen in the 54th minute courtesy of a deep throw-in by Joey DeRosa. After a few headers by the Cardinal and Gray, RIC cleared the ball out to preserve the shutout. The Anchormen capped the scoring in the 73rd minute as senior forward Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) set up junior midfielder Louis Tavares (East Providence, RI) with an additional insurance goal with just over seven minutes to go in regulation.


 RIC held a 21-9 advantage in shots, forcing Rankin to make 10 saves in a losing effort (5-6). The Anchormen held a 9-8 advantage in corner kicks.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume the Little East Conference circuit at Plymouth State on Saturday, Oct. 10.