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About Men's Soccer
- 2011 Season Preview
- 2010 Season Review
- 2009 Season in Review
- 2008 Season Preview
- 2007 Season in Review
- 2006 Season in Review
- 2005 Season in Review
- 2004 Season in Review
Coach Gabriel Toro and his staff are preparing the 2011 men’s soccer team to improve on last season’s record of 6-9-1. Assistant Coaches Neal Rei and Kevin Berthiume have been working with the young squad during pre-season on developing their skills and improving their overall fitness.
The Knights have two returning players from last year, Luis Espinal (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Emmanuel Ridore (Warwick, R.I./Haiti), who are positive leaders and role models to new players. Espinal is a tactical player and is expected to fill the role of playmaker this season. Ridore came to camp fit and ready to play up front for the Knights.
Joining Espinal in midfield will be freshmen Jerson Gomes (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Sebastian Estriplet (Pawtucket, R.I.), skilled teammates from Shea High School. Newcomer Michael Keegan (East Greenwich, R.I.), who played one season at Dean College, has returned to Rhode Island to anchor the Knight’s defense. Behind Keegan will be Zach Caron (Seekonk, Mass.), a goalkeeper from Seekonk High School. An excellent athlete, Caron is capable of scoring goals when he was not minding the net.
Other supporting players joining the team this year are Michael Gomes (Cumberland, R.I.), and Manuel Alves (Pawtucket, R.I.). Gomes will support Ridore on offense and Alves will play in the midfield opening up space for Espinal to create scoring opportunities. Christopher Lopes (Pawtucket, R.I.), another versatile and powerful player, can step in and provide support all over the field. Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth, R.I.) is another midfield talent who can also play the forward position. Additional players from all over the state will also be part of the squad contributing to the team’s efforts this season.
The CCRI men’s soccer team ended the 2010 season with a 6-9-1 overall record and a 4-5 record in Region XXI play. While the team ended the season with a losing record, they had some great achievements, including a win over Division I power ASA followed by a double overtime victory against Region XXI rival Dean College early in the season. In addition, five of the team’s losses were close contests against competitors ranked in the NJCAA top 10.
Midfielders Steven Ortiz (Pawtucket, R.I.), Pitter Rolland (Providence, R.I.) and Jefferson Rojas (Central Falls, R.I.) were selected to the All-Region XXI team and received First Team Region XXI honors. Midfielder Olavo Monteiro (Central Falls, R.I.) received Honorable Mention recognition in Region XXI.
Sophomore co-captain Pitter Rolland served as a defender, forward and midfielder for the Knights. He finished 2010 with three goals and one assist for seven total points. Freshman Steven Ortiz, who excelled at setting up goal scorers, contributed two goals and four assists for eight total points. Freshman Jefferson Rojas added one goal and three assists for five total points. Freshman Olavo Monteiro was one of the Knights big scoring threats and ranked No. 2 on the squad in points. With his excellent ball handling skills and speed, he finished the season with four goals and two assists for 10 total points.
2009 CCRI Men's Soccer Season in Review
The CCRI men’s soccer team ended the season with a 6-10 overall record. In Region XXI play, the team went 6-4, which earned them the top seed in the Region XXI tournament. The Knights faced No. 4 seed Dean College in the first semi-final game of the tournament and lost a hard fought contest 1-0.
Tri-captain midfielder Elton Moreira (Pawtucket, R.I.), tri-captain midfielder Revelino DaVeiga (Providence, R.I.) and defender Alex Nahigian (Coventry, R.I.) earned First Team All-Region XXI honors for the Knights. Tri-Captain Denis Peixoto (North Providence, R.I.) received Honorable Mention All-Region XXI honors for his contributions to the team.
2008 CCRI Men’s Soccer Season in Review
After two seasons out of the NJCAA national poll, the CCRI Men’s Soccer Team, is looking to be a contender for the New England Championship once again and to return to the national rankings. The last time CCRI won a New England championship was in 2001. They were finalists in the New England Region, in 2003 and in the Northeast Districts in 2004. A good recruiting year, has raised the expectations of the Knights, for the upcoming season with a good group of freshman from all over the state. With only 3 sophomores returning the Knights will have to come together quickly, as they begin the 2008 season. CCRI's first challenge is Wednesday's home opener against New Hampshire Tech, at 4PM. The pre-season is coming to the end, and the team is working hard, looking forward to a successful season. The challenge though still remains….a tough schedule and a very competitive New England Region. Head Coach Victor Gaspar returns for his 29th year, and ranks in the top 10 nationally, among active NJCAA Division I coaches. Assistant Coach Gabe Toro, former outstanding player at the University of Rhode Island, returns for his second season.
THE RETURNING PLAYERS
Defenders, Zack Ricci, (West Greenwich), Ivan Torres, (Providence)
Forward, Jad Jichi, (Blackstone, Mass)
MEET THE FRESHMAN
Goalkeepers, Jason Oliveira, (Cumberland), Denis Peixoto, (North Providence), (also a forward).
Defenders, Klisman Monteiro, (Pawtucket), Dilson Xon, (Providence), Kevin De Brito, (North Providence), Gary Dove, (Coventry).
Midfielders, Ricardo Aldana, (Attleboro), Cee Harris, (Woonsocket) Sergio De Melo, (Brazil, Warwick), Revelino Da Veiga, (Providence), Elton Moreira and Patrick Araujo, (Pawtucket).
Forwards, David Duffney, (Warwick),Dennis Peixoto, (North Providence), Moses Janga, (Providence), Prince Artey, Woonsocket),
The 2007 CCRI Men's Soccer Team completed the season with a record of 6 wins, 9 losses and 3 ties. The Knights started the season with a 3-1 win at New Hampshire Tech. A tough 1-0 loss at Essex CC in Newark, NJ, followed by a heart breaking 2-1 double OT loss to regional rival Dean, seemed to set the tone for a season of very close games…..and that's exactly what happened. The Knights battled hard and played well just about in every game with the exception of Monroe, (7-1 loss). Fifteen out of its 18 games were decide by 2 goals or less and and 4 went into overtime. The other time the Knights had such a season was in 2000 and CCRI followed it with a New England Championship in 2001.
As tough as the season was, the Knights went into the Region XXI semi-finals against its major archrival Massasoit CC. The team played an excellent game only to repeat the same season script. Missing great chances to score early, the Knights gave up a goal. Pushing hard to get the equalizer the Knights gave up a second goal late in the second half, bowing out 2-0.
Receiving 1st Team, All New England Region XXI honors were Devin Walshe and Paul Wilson. Co-Captain Derek Anderson and Ian Sanborn were voted to the 2nd team.
Derek Anderson also received the prestigious Governor's Higher Education Distinguished Student Athlete Award.
THE RETURNING PLAYERS
Derek Anderson, (Cranston) and Mario Cidade, (West Warwick)
Goalkeeper, Corey Rocha, (East Providence)
Defenders, Mike Conceicao, (Cranston), Mark Maguire, (Portsmouth)
Midfield, Ian Sanborn, (Scituate)
Forwards, Travis Fraser, (Blackstone, Mass) and Nick Mante, Central Falls)
MEET THE FRESHMAN
Goalkeeper, Tim Brennan, (South Kingstown)
Defenders, Zachary Ricci, (West Greenwich), Jonathan Velez, (Central Falls), Devin Walshe, (Coventry) and Brian Williams, (Westerly)
Midfielders, Brendan Craveiro, (Bristol), Peter Fusaro, (Westerly), Kevin Randle, (Lincoln) and Fernando Vitorino, (West Warwick).
Forwards, Jad Jichi, (Blackstone, Mass) and Memen Kisekai, (Pawtucket), Paul Wilson (Pawtucket, RI)
CCRI still maintains the most challenging schedule of all the teams in Region XXI. It includes games with regional Division I rivals Massasoit and Dean. From outside of the region, the Knights will play Essex CC (NJ), Monroe CC,(NY) and Cattonsville CC, (MD).
Support the 2007 CCRI Men's Soccer Team!
Throughout the 30 years of its existence, the Knights, have established a strong tradition of men's soccer excellence at the national level. Rarely has CCRI been out of the National Division One Junior College polls. The Knights have earned New England Region XXI championships in 1982, 1999 and 2001 and Northeast Region semi-finalists in 1999, 2001 and 2004. The record for the program overall is 337-165-33. CCRI players have been named to All-American teams 20 times. Jose Villasenor became one of the school's all-time best student-athletes by becoming the first CCRI student to earn the prestigious honor of NJCAA National Student-Athlete of the Year in 2001. He was also selected as a First-Team NSCAA All-American.
The 2006 CCRI Men's Soccer Team completed the season with a record of 10 wins, 6 losses and 2 ties. The Knights started the season with a 2-0 win at Region 19 rival Essex CC and followed with a tough overtime 0-0 tie at New England major rival, Massasoit CC. With key injuries early in the season the Knights were at .500 for most of the season. It was only in the last 8 games, (6 wins and 2 losses) that CCRI was able to put everything together. Playing strong defense and finally getting the much needed goals, (Travis Fraser scored 9 goals in the last 4 games), while the team and Goalkeepers Kevin Dos Santos and Corey Rocha only allowed 2. Unfortunately it was too late. For the second consecutive season, CCRI was 1 goal away from the playoffs. With an excellent 2-1 win against Manchester, (arguably the best team in Region XXI), the Knights struggled against Division one foes Dean and Massasoit. In particular CCRI lost a very close game at home to Massasoit 1-0, followed by the heartbreaking 2-1 loss at Dean, which eliminated the Knights form the playoffs.
Receiving 1st Team, All New England Region XXI honors were goalkeeper Kevin DosSantos, defenders Todd Leveillee and Ezequiel Payne, and midfielder Peter Maciel. The same players were also selected to the All Northeast Region Team. Todd Leveillee to the 1stTeam, Kevin Dos Santos 2nd Team and Ezequiel Payne and Peter Maciel Honorable Mention.
Travis Fraser led the team in scoring with 11 goals, 3 assists, followed Peter Maciel with 5 goals, 7 assists and Mario Cidade with 7 goals and 2 assists.
Academically the Knights were outstanding as a team.! Especially recognized were:
Todd Leveillee, The Izzy Siperstein, Male Student Athlete of the Year Award
Ezequiel Payne, The Ralph Catougno Scholar Athlete Award, Highest Academic Achievement
After New England Championships in 1999 and 2001 and reaching the New England and Northeast Regional Semifinals 2004, the Knights, struggled in their attempt to make the playoffs in 2005. A season of ironies, the Knights were eliminated from the playoffs in 2005, by contributing to Globe Tech's, (NY), below .500 season. The elimination of Globe changed the tournament format from four teams to two, also eliminating the Knights; in addition a 1 goal difference in any of the Division I games, could also have earned CCRI a spot in the tournament.
The Knights were off to an excellent defensive start, allowing only 3 goals in 6 games. With two big wins over 10th ranked Monroe CC in NY, 1-0, and Massasoit CC, 2-1, it appeared that CCRI was off to another great season. Struggling to create offense and score, (only 2 goals in 6 games), the Knights dropped five of their six season losses by 1 goal; twelve of the sixteen games were also decided by 1 goal. The team finished the season with an 8-6-2 record.
Receiving 1st Team, New England Region XXI honors, were Raunisio Oliveira and Daniel Ortiz, (East Providence) and Todd Leveillee , (Scituate). Selected to the 2nd team was Jose David Grajales, (Central Falls). Co-Captain, Nick Medeiros, (West Warwick), led the team in scoring with 4 goals and 2 assists. Goalkeepers Sydney Boaventura and Kevin Santos were outstanding in goal.
The CCRI Men's Soccer Program, winner of New England Championships in 1999 and 2001, were New England and Northeast Region finalists in 2004.
Traditionally a nationally ranked program, the Knights continued in the national spotlight flirting with placement in the top 10 all year with victories over Dean College, Globe Institute of Technology, NY and an exciting tie at home with #4, Monroe C.C. of New York. The Knights lost 5-1 in the Northeast Regional semi-final to eventual National Champion, Mercer CC of New Jersey. The 2004 Knights were one of the best defensive teams of all time shutting out opponents a total of eight times and finished the season with a 12-5-3 record.
Bruno Teixeira, John Izurieta, Izmael Brito and Andres Perdomo were all selected to the All-New England 1st Team. In addition freshman Phillippe Moreira was selected to the 2nd Team All-New England.Tim Tracey was #2 in the National Division I rankings for goalkeepers nationally 0.532, goals against average. Not only is that the highest ranking of any CCRI goalkeeper, but he now also holds the record for most shutouts in a season by a goalkeeper, 8.