October 26, 2010


Costa Picks Up Five Points as RIC Defeats Cross-City Rival on Senior Day

Providence, RI-The Rhode Island College menís soccer team grabbed an early lead and coasted to a 5-0 victory over cross-city rival Johnson and Wales in a non-conference match held on Senior Day at the RIC Soccer Field. 


The Anchormen jumped out to a quick, 2-0, advantage in the gameís opening 17 minutes. In the fifth minute, freshman midfielder Ryan Rasieleski (Coventry, RI) advanced the ball up the right side into the box using a quickly executed give-and-go through junior forward Mike Patriarca (Warren, RI). Rasieleski attracted defenders as he broke toward the right post, allowing him to feed junior forward Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI) directly in front of the net for the gameís first goal. In the 17th minute, senior midfielder Louis Tavares (East Providence, RI) stole an opponentís dribble just before midfield and passed ahead to Costa who quickly found Patriarca to the left of the net. Patriarca outraced three defenders and scored easily on a cross. The Anchormen carried the, 2-0, lead into halftime.   



 Junior forward Bruno Costa


Costa went on to tack on a second goal, his seventh of the season, in the 88th minute. The junior finished the afternoon with five total points. 


Thirteen minutes into the second half, the Anchormen put the game out of reach. After RIC intercepted a throw-in, senior midfielder Corey Carvalho (Dartmouth, MA) took a bounding ball from midfield into the box, where he was tripped up by a defender. The ball squirted ahead to sophomore midfielder Michael Harrell (Reston, VA), who scored from the right of the net to earn the first marker of his collegiate career.  



 Corey Carvalho and his family prior to the start of the game.


In the 73rd minute, the Anchormen continued to take care of their seniors.  From above the box, freshman forward Brett Sinica (Oakdale, CT) and sophomore forward Mark Butler (Warwick, RI) used a give-and-go to advance the ball into the box. Senior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) outraced a diving goalkeeper to the loose ball and tapped it in for his sixth goal of the season and a 4-0 lead.


Junior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) needed to make only one save to record his fifth shutout of the season and improve 10-4-1. For the Wildcats, starting keeper Joe Ferraro (Freehold, NJ) took the loss to fall to 4-10-1. JWU used four different netminders who combined for a total of six saves.  The Anchormen outshot the Wildcats, 21-8.



 Jose Ruiz and his parents prior to the start of the game.


With the victory, the Anchormen improve to 10-5-1, marking the fifth time in seven seasons that Head Coach John Melloís teams have reached the 10-win plateau.  The Wildcats fall to 4-11-2, and are now 0-9 in road games. Both teams made liberal use of substitutions in order to preserve starters for important upcoming conference matches.


RIC honored seniors Carvalho, Ruiz, and Tavares for their years of service to the menís soccer program. The student-athletes and their families were introduced together during pregame ceremonies and presented with parting gifts. All three seniors factored into the scoring, with Ruiz scoring a goal, and Carvalho and Tavares each notching an assist.



 Louis Tavares and his parents prior to the start of the game.


In upcoming action, the Anchormen close out the regular season in a Little East Conference match at UMass Boston on Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m. in Dorchester.