Warwick, RI – November 19, 2014: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team juts ended their season and recently received some very good news with five players being named to the All-Region XXI men’s soccer team. Earning First Team honors was: Junior Robert (Providence, RI), Alex Padilla (Providence, RI), Evan Gaudreau (Jamestown, RI), and Adam Coutu (Moosup, CT) while Nate DaCosta (Warwick, RI) earned Honorable Mention All-Region XXI honors.
Junior Robert led the Knights in scoring with seven goals and an assist for 15 total points on the year. Robert’s seven goals were far and away the most on the 2014 Knights’ squad. He charted goals in six games and four of them came during the Knights five victories so his efforts directly contributed to the Knights’ success this year. As a sophomore Robert will be missed next year on the Knights’ offensive attack.
At the other end of the field was Goalkeeper Alex Padilla who started as a reserve but became the Knights’ starter about a third of the way into the season. Padilla made an immediate impact in the net while saving some of his best games for the end of the season when the Knights made a tremendous push to get into the Region XXI Championship. He charted two shutouts to go with an excellent 1.71 Goals Against Average allowing just 17 goals in 10 starts while making 74 saves, many of them in spectacular fashion. Padilla will be a stalwart in net for the Knights in the 2015 season.
Freshman Evan Gaudreau came in with a tremendous reputation as a scorer and lived-up to that billing by being the Knights number two scorer with three goals and an assist for seven total points. Gaudreau took many of the Knights corner kicks was a spark on the offensive end with his dynamic ball handling ability. Gaudreau will be a major player for the Knights a she returns for hos sophomore campaign in 2015.
Adam Coutu was another key piece to the Knights defense and earned Region XXI First Team honors for the second year. Head Coach Gabe Toro often mentioned in his game recaps the effort and consistency of Coutu which was another key to the Knights’ late season post season run. Operating on the last line of defense Coutu and Padilla solidified the CCRI defense and helped thwart the offensive efforts of the Knights’ opponents. Two-time All-Region member Coutu will surely be missed on the Knights defense in 2015.
Freshman Nate DaCosta was another key player for the Knights playing in the midfield. DaCosta was one of the key links between the defense and the offense. He took many of the Knights’ free kicks and would often send in passes that would lead to many of CCRI scoring opportunities. DaCosta will be another key piece to the Knights squad in 2015.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.