October 29, 2009



Providence, RIóSophomore forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) netted a hat trick for the second time in three games as the Rhode Island College men's soccer team breezed by Johnson & Wales, 6-1, at Pierce Stadium on Thursday afternoon.


Costa, who posted a hat trick in the club's, 4-2, win over Westfield State on Oct. 21 and pitched in with two more markers in the Anchormen's, 5-3, victory against Southern Maine on Oct. 24, has now totaled eight goals and one assist for 17 points in the last week.



Sophomore Forward Bruno Costa


 Senior forward Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) got RIC on the board midway through the first when he put in a free kick from junior defender Brian Batalau (Cumberland, RI) at the 20:20 mark. 


 The visiting Anchormen extended their lead to 2-0 when Costa converted a penalty kick, which proved to be the game-winner, in the 31st minute.  RIC closed out the scoring in the half after junior forward Josh Sousa (Cumberland, RI) put in a pass from sophomore striker Troy Silvia (Bristol, RI) with just :11 remaining on the clock.  The Anchormen held an 11-3 advantage in shots after the first half.


 Costa completed the hat trick effort with two second-half tallies as Rhode Island continued to control the action en route to the victory.



 Freshman Forward Mark Butler


 Freshman forward Mark Butler (Warwick, RI) scored his first collegiate goal in the 75th minute with senior striker Dan Rodrigues (Cumberland, RI) picking up the assist. The Anchormen spoiled their shutout bid with an own goal in the 85th minute.


RICís Helder Faustino (Warwick, RI) had three stops in the victory.  Freshman Anthony Sitek (West Windsor, NJ) had seven saves in goal for JWU.


 The Anchormen improve to 8-7-2 with their third straight win, while the Wildcats fall to 2-16. RIC outshot its hosts, 20-5.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at home against Little East Conference rival UMass Boston on Saturday, Oct. 31. Kelley and Rodrigues, along with their families, will be honored prior to the start as part of Senior Day.