October 24, 2009






Providence, RI—Sophomore forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Rhode Island College over Southern Maine, 5-3, in Little East Conference men’s soccer action at the RIC Soccer Field.






 Sophomore Forward Bruno Costa




The Anchormen (7-7-2, 4-2 LEC) reach the .500 mark for just the second time this season. The Huskies (6-8-2, 2-3-1 LEC) lose for the second straight game and are winless (0-2-1) in their last three contests. RIC has won its last two games and four of its last six.




Rhode Island College dominated the first half, holding advantage in shots (11-3) and corner kicks (7-2).




Senior forward Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) put the hosts on the scoreboard first in the ninth minute. Costa broke in from the top corner of the 18-yard box with a nifty move through a USM defender’s legs. He gathered the ball and short-hopped a shot that Southern Maine junior goalkeeper David Kreps (Agawam, MA) couldn’t corral after his initial stop. Kelley, who was pushing hard to the net, punched it into the open net for his third goal of the year.




RIC carried the play and potted a pair of goals 1:23 apart in the final minutes of the first stanza. Junior forward Josh Sousa (Cumberland, RI) headed a ball at midfield to senior forward Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI), who promptly re-directed the pass to streaking junior midfielder David De Melo (Fall River, MA). De Melo broke in from the wing and fired a shot that beat Kreps to the far post for his second goal of the year in the 42nd minute.






 Junior midfielder David De Melo




In the 43rd minute, The Huskies were whistled for an infraction during an Anchorman corner kick, which resulted in a penalty kick. In a wild series of events, Kreps made a diving one-handed stop of Sousa’s shot. Sousa’s follow-up bid hit the bottom of the crossbar and landed right in front of the net. The USM defense attempted to clear the ball, but it was knocked down by sophomore defender Jonathan Goncalves (Shelton, CT) just outside the 18-yard box. He promptly put a pass right back in front of the net, which Sousa dove and headed in for his fourth goal this fall.






 Junior forward Josh Sousa




Costa apparently put the game out of reach with his 10th goal of the year just 2:19 into the second half. De Melo took a corner kick and laid a beautiful pass right on to Costa’s head for the tally, which proved to be the eventual game-winner.


RIC looked like it was cruising to an easy shutout win until late in the game. In an eerily similar situation to Tuesday’s win over Westfield State, in which both teams combined for five goals over the last 18 minutes, RIC and USM combined for four goals over the final 12 minutes.


What made the comeback bid even more impressive was the fact that the visitors played the final 27:08 a man down when junior midfielder Alex Burnham (North Yarmouth, ME) was issued a red card after a hard foul.


Southern Maine started the rally in the 78th minute. Senior midfielder Peter McHugh (Scarborough, ME) broke in behind the RIC defense while chasing down a long pass. McHugh was taken out from behind in the box and was awarded a penalty kick, which he promptly scored for his sixth marker of the year.


A 1:13 later, the Huskies were awarded a free kick after an Anchorman foul about 27 yards out from the net. Freshman forward Noel King (Westbrook, ME) fired a hard line drive shot that deflected off the RIC defensive wall and found its way just inside the post. It was King’s second goal of the year.


Costa, who had been on the bench, was quickly inserted back into the game. He didn’t waste anytime, collecting the ball just inside USM territory, breaking down the sideline and taking it to the net. His shot beat Kreps for his 11th goal of the year.


The Huskies weren’t finished as McHugh headed in his team-leading seventh goal of the year, and second of the game, on a brilliant cross from junior midfielder Chris Kain (Kennebunk, ME) in the 82nd minute.


Although RIC outshot the Huskies, 17-11, in the game, USM held the advantage, 8-6, in the second half. The hosts led in corner kicks, 8-3. The two teams combined for 34 fouls (RIC: 19, USM: 15) and 11 offsides (RIC: 6, USM: 5) calls. Six cards were issued in the contest.


Anchorman junior goalkeeper Helder Faustino (Warwick, RI) made one save to improve to 4-3-1. Kreps made five saves as his record drops to 5-8-2.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Johnson & Wales on Thursday, Oct. 29.