Warwick, R.I. – November 23, 2015: The 2015 CCRI Knights Men’s Soccer season ended early without them making the post season. However, recently they did receive some good news with two players earning All-Region XXI honors for their excellent play this season. The two Knights were Tri-Captain Sophomore Nate Dacosta (Warwick, RI) and Freshman Forward Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI).
Co-Captain Nate Dacosta was a leader both on and off the field for the Knights team during his two years at CCRI. He started in all but one game out of the 30 in which he played. Dacosta was one of the main ball-controllers for the Knights, maintaining possession and quarterbacking the offensive structure and sliding back as a defensive midfielder when Head Coach Gabe Toro needed him to do so. He is a natural midfielder who had the responsibility of taking most penalty and free kicks for the Knights. Over his two year for CCRI, Dacosta helped lead the Knights team to eight shutouts while also scoring four goals with two assists. In his sophomore campaign Nate ranked third on the Knights in points with three goals and one assist for seven total points. Dacosta will definitely be missed for the Knights in 2016.
Freshman Forward Kyle Courtney had an excellent year for the Knights. He was tied for the lead in scoring for the Knights with five assists and two goals for nine total points in limited action. Courtney’s superior speed on the field allowed him to bust back on the defensive third to break up opposing teams offensive attacks while also being able to help the Knights flip the field by pushing the ball into the Knights offensive third. He started in seven games for the Knights but even when coming off the bench he usually made an immediate impact. Kyle’s best game came in a victory versus Essex County College where he scored a goal and assisted on another to help the Knights to a 4-0 road victory in New Jersey. Courtney will look to use his elite skill set to help the Knights succeed during the 2016 season.
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.
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