NEC summer intern Kristine Kelly knows a thing, or two, about soccer and takes pleasure in blogging. Kelly combined the two to produce the piece below. Enjoy KK’s men’s soccer blog as she travels around the league and highlights one top footballer from each club.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Neco Brett (Robert Morris)
In 2014 forward Neco Brett won his second NEC Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award. Possessing an enviable mix of competitiveness and composure, Brett prowls the pitch with a deadly strike and a nose for the goal. Last season Brett ranked second in the nation with an average of 0.83 goals per game and was recently ranked fifth on Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft list of 2016 top prospects. Recognized as one of the strongest players in the country, Brett will enter into his last season at Robert Morris University bent on leading the Colonials to their first NEC Championship in over a decade.
Christian Dietrich (Fairleigh Dickinson)
A Berlin native, Fairleigh Dickinson junior midfielder Christian Dietrich earned an All-NEC Second team selection for his performance last season. Leading the Knights with four goals and nine points, Dietrich dominates the midfield with his skill and technical ability.
Francis de Vries (Saint Francis U)
Francis de Vries became the first player in Red Flash program history to be named NEC Defensive Player of the Year last season. As a defender of the highest caliber, de Vries is not afraid to sacrifice his body in order to regain possession of the ball. In addition to his outstanding defensive capabilities, de Vries’s distributions from the back often act as catalysts for many a Saint Francis counter attack.
Filosmar Cordeiro (Central Connecticut)
Filosmar (Junior) Cordeiro, the 2014 NEC Rookie of the Year, exploited many a defender last season with his arsenal of foot skills and explosive first touch. Scoring a total of seven points with two goals and three assists, Cordeiro was a spark of energy and an impact player in the CCSU midfield. His success in 1 v 1 situations and ability to produce dangerous services from the end line highlight Cordiero as a player to watch this season.
Sacred Heart University Chris Carneiro
Chris Carneiro a junior defender for Sacred Heart University, has been a consistent member of the Pioneers back line throughout his career. Going into his third season, the technical defender will undoubtedly be a staunch contributor to the success of the SHU defense.
Bryant Brett Larocque
A first team All-NEC honoree last year, Brett Larocque ended the 2014 season with 16 total points on 6 goals and 4 assists. Larocque commands the respect of his opponents with his relentless defensive pressure and quickness; attributes that contributed to his ranking in the NEC top-10 in numerous offensive categories. Entering his senior year, Larocque will undoubtedly return to Bryant with the intention of securing the Bulldogs first conference championship.
LIU Brooklyn Tanner Sica
Junior Defender #8
LIU Brooklyn’s Tanner Sica earned a spot as an all-NEC honoree for the second year in a row. The tenacious junior defender poses a threat to forwards and defenders alike, as last year he tied for second in the league with six assists (0.35 apg).
John Makaya (St. Francis Brooklyn)
John Makaya of Saint Francis Brooklyn earned a spot on the all-NEC second team for the 2014 season. A junior forward and a talented goal scorer, Makaya ranked third in the league with eight goals and 17 points. Originally from Montpellier, France, Makaya showcases his raw talent and flexibility by making an impact as both a forward and a midfielder for the Terriers.