Jack Petrucci Staff Writer
The Eastern Connecticut Men’s Soccer team opened their season on Aug. 31 against Medgar Evers College. The warriors took down the cougars 6-0 last year in Brooklyn, NY. Due to the maintenance issues, Nevers Field, the usual home of the Men’s Soccer team, is unplayable for the Fall of 2019. All of the Men’s Soccer home games have been moved to the Mansfield Athletic Complex. This is Head Coach Greg DeVito’s 13th season at the helm for the Warriors. After last year’s 2-1 conference semi-final loss to in-state rival Western Connecticut, DeVito was capped off at 153 career wins, the same total that the legendary Thomas Nevers finished his career with.
For the second straight year, the Warrior offense netted 6 goals in a 6-0 shutout win over Medgar Evers.
This gave DeVito career win #154, making him the most winningest coach in Men’s Soccer history. “I wish we were able to play at Never’s Field today,” said DeVito in a post-game interview with ETV Sports reporter Dom Conte following his record-breaking win. “Coach Nevers and I became close, it was pretty cool to be a part of his life and for him to come back to games,” continued DeVito. “It would have been nice to play there [Nevers Field].”
Paying him tribute as the founder of the program, Coach DeVito always kept Thomas Nevers involved. He spoke to ETV News about inviting Nevers to the team’s end-of-the-year banquets and including him in as many team activities as possible. “If it wasn’t for him and his legacy, none of us would be where we are today,” DeVito stated. Thomas Nevers, passed away at the age of 89 on April 14, 2015. But the legacy he had on the program will forever be cherished. “Once he [Nevers] passed on, we started the scholarship and golf tournament in his name”, said DeVito. “In regards to the golf tournament, DeVito stated that “it has been a huge event, not only for our program but for Tom’s family. Since the time of his passing, I have gotten to know his son and daughter pretty well, we’re up to about 25 members of the Nevers family that come to the golf tournament every year, it’s like a little mini-reunion for them, which is nice to see”, he continued.
Coach Devito has a lot to smile about and look forward to this year, only losing one starter from the regular season championship team a year ago. The squad also added Springfield College transfer Emmanuel Aygemang, who is the older brother of last year’s LEC Rookie-of-the-Year Patrick Ayemang. The Warriors were ranked #1 in the Little East Conference preseason poll, and are looking like the early favorites to claim the LEC title.