Men’s Soccer Battles to 1-0 Win Over Framingham

By John Cataloni // Sept. 20, 2018 //

The Colonels found themselves in a physical, defensive battle on a chilly Wednesday night, that may serve as a prelude of what’s to come as Fall approaches and the second half of their season begins.

The Curry men’s soccer team were able to edge out non-conference Framingham State University at Walter M. Katz Field, 1-0, in a game that saw quite a number of stopped play and whistles.

The first half was played to a 0-0 tie, and the Rams actually out-shot the Colonels 15-7 in the period.

Just 10 minutes into the second half, Curry found their break as freshman Nico Sabbatini launched a missile that found the back of the net, with an assist from junior Brandon Rinaldi.

The Rams had their opportunities as they had six more shots on goal than the Colonels but they could not get through junior goalkeeper Paul DeMaio who posted 11 saves in the winning effort.

Late in the second half, there were frustration fouls for the Rams which resulted in two yellow cards after all the physical play and trash talk.

“Framingham State battled hard, we are pretty evenly matched we just made one more play then they did,” said junior Claudio Orsini. 

Sabbatini made that one more play and now leads the team with three goals on the year. 

“The team gives me the confidence to go out and play and take those shots from deep,” said Sabbatini. 

The impressive freshman hails from Cape Elizabeth, M.E. but is originally from Italy.

“All the freshman have been solid and I feel great moving forward with this team as we move towards our bigger conference games,” said Rinaldi. 

Rinaldi also mentioned that he doesn’t think that there’s one star player on the team.

“Different games different guys will make the big play and we need that. We have a chip on our shoulder being ranked last in the preseason polls but we just beat a good [Framingham] team and I think we are only going to get better moving forward,” added Rinaldi.

The Colonels improve to 6-2-1 halfway through the season while the Rams fall to 4-3-1 after the loss.

Up Next

Curry will continue it’s four-game home stand as it hosts conference foe Wentworth (4-3-1) Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m.


Curry Shut Out by CCC Foe on Senior Night

BY KELLY LEWICKI // Oct. 22, 2017 //

A physical second half had the Curry men’s soccer team seeing yellow in their 1-0 loss to Western New England University on Saturday evening.

As the clock ran down in the first half, it was looking like the first 45 minutes of play weren’t going to produce any action. Both teams had even possession of the ball, but neither could capitalize on their scoring opportunities.

But with less than a minute left, sophomore midfielder Ty Champagne booted one in to put the Golden Bears up 1-0 going into the half.

“Goal at the end, unlucky obviously,” said Curry’s senior goaltender Adam Dibrina. “But it was a good strike. Not much I could really do about it.”

A fire was lit inside Dibrina, who produced four saves in the second half. No matter how close WNE got, they could not penetrate the goal line, even sending two open net shots just wide of the posts.

Despite their goalie’s efforts defending the backfield, the Colonels could not create scoring opportunities, and their frustration started to show. The physicality of the half escalated, so much so that four yellow cards were issued.

Three of those went to Dave Stapleton, Ari Mench, and Mitchell Forbes of Curry.

When asked to comment on the calls, Forbes responded with, “It was a physical game. The [referee] called what he wanted to call. Can’t really go back on it now.”

As time expired, the Colonels remained scoreless, dropping the game to the #1 seed Golden Bears, now 11-5-1 overall and 6-1-1 in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.

“I already said to the guys, all we gotta do is put this one behind us. Honestly, I think it might have been our best game in conference of the entire year,” said Dibrina on the team’s mindset to finish out their season strong.

The Colonels dropped to 8-10-1 (2-6 in conference) and will be traveling to Wentworth on Tuesday for their final game of the season, hoping to snap their now four game skid.

  • Dibrina registered six saves on the night
  • Curry has been shut out in their last four games
  • 8th in the CCC, the Colonels must win on Tuesday to make playoffs

Men’s Soccer Wins Third Consecutive Team Academic Award

BY STEVEN SOUSA // Oct. 16, 2017 //

United Soccer Coaches announced that the Curry College men’s soccer team is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Team Academic Award for the third year in a row.

The academic award is given out to teams that earn a collective grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  The 2016-2017 academic year saw the Colonels check in at 3.08.

Head coach Peter Mendel feels it’s an incredible accomplishment for the program and the players in it.

“I’m very proud of the fact we’ve been able to maintain a 3.0 average for three straight years,” Mendel noted. “That’s another testament to the guys and them putting the work in the classroom as well.”

In his past 11 seasons as head coach for the Colonels, Mendel has tried to manufacture a successful soccer program without sacrificing anything in the classroom.  He said it has been a process but the past three years prove it is paying off.

Also in that span, he has become the winningest coach in Curry College men’s soccer history, further cementing his legacy.

The Colonels are one of five men’s teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference to win the award which registers as half of the conference.  The other four include Western New England, Endicott, Roger Williams, and Salve Regina.

Curry has three games remaining on their schedule and they currently sit at an 8-8-1 overall record and remain 7th in the CCC. Its final two games will pit the Colonels against the third and fourth-place teams in WNE and Wentworth.

The WNE game is a part of Homecoming Weekend, with all in-season sports teams playing on the campus of Curry College. Men’s soccer will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer Drops Game to Conference Foe Nichols College


The Curry College men’s soccer team fell to Nichols College, 1-0, on Friday, suffering their first conference loss of the season.

Nichols came out firing, sophomore Zach Turcotte scored 8 minutes into the game, to give the Bison the early advantage. Nichols out shot the Colonels 10-4 in the first half despite the driving wind and rain.

The Colonels came out for the second half with the idea of getting more shots on net. Four shots on net would not cut it if the Colonels wanted to even up the score.

The rain and wind did not play in the Colonels favor, as it progressively worsened throughout the game. However, the Colonel did manage to outshoot the Bison’s 9-4 in the second half. However, they were unable to find the back of the net.

Bison goalkeeper Patrick Porpora finished the game with five saves to earn the shutout.

Captain Ben Silvia was not pleased with the result of the game, but was optimistic about the Colonels moving forward.

“We need to improve upon having quicker passes, and moving without the ball, and just clean up on the little things.”

Finishing was a very big issue for the Colonels in this game, they had a multitude of
opportunities. Senior midfielder Dave Stapleton was not too thrilled about the missed chances.

“We had chances, you have to score when you’re near the box, it was unfortunate that we didn’t have the luck,” said Stapleton.

The Colonels fall to 4-3-1 on the season but they’ll look to bounce back Sunday at 1 p.m. as they take on Anna Maria, at Walter M. Katz Field.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Johnson State, 5-0


The Colonels delivered a dominant performance at home on Sunday afternoon as a complete team effort overwhelmed Johnson State from the get-go.

After picking up their first win on Thursday, the Colonels hoped to end the weekend with their first winning streak of the season. Head coach Peter Mendel was animated during his pregame speech as he let everyone know what his expectations for the game were.

Physicality highlighted the first few minutes of the game as the two teams attempted to set a tone. Both sides had players that were talked to early on and it seemed to somewhat fix the issue. The game had more intensity than most non-conference matchups have this early in the season.  

In the 9th minute, forward Diego Vargas gave Curry the lead with an unassisted goal. He used some impressive footwork to escape a few defenders before scoring from outside the box. It marked Vargas’ second goal in four games this season.

Defenseman Giancarlo Orsini and midfielder Chris Ricca increased Curry’s lead to three by halftime, leaving the Badgers desperate for production.

Despite a great start to the game, Mendel wasn’t satisfied with his team’s lead. He challenged his team to keep scoring against Badgers’ goalie Gerrit Lane, while preserving the shutout.

Momentum continued to swing on Curry’s side in the second half as Ben Silva scored the team’s fourth goal in the 49th minute. He was awarded a penalty shot after being blindsided by a slide tackle.

Ricca scored Curry’s final goal in the 72nd minute, capping off an impactful performance for the midfielder. Throughout the game, he made plays on both sides of the ball displaying some serious hustle on different passes and scoring opportunities.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Colonels put together their best performance of the season. Johnson State attempted only one shot during the game and it wasn’t close to going in. Curry consistently swarmed the ball, breaking up numerous passes.

After the final whistle, Ricca was humble about his breakout performance.

“I wasn’t expecting it but it’s good to get the clean sheet. The whole team did well, I couldn’t do it without them,” said Ricca. 

Mendel expanded on Ricca’s growth at the college level.

“Chris is a pretty solid player. He reads the game well. He just needs to get into the whole college soccer mode, and understand the physicality and the speed of play,” said Mendel. 

Heading into next week’s matchups, Mendel seemed confident about his team’s mindset.

“I think we’re ready to take the next step and take the next challenge. We know the intensity is going to pick up, and we’re looking forward to it,” Mendel said.  “If we have a good week of training, I think we’ll be in good shape.”

The Colonels return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Framingham State. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Maple Street Game Field.