BROCKTON, Mass. ---- The 2019 edition of the Massasoit men's soccer team will host CCBC Cantonsville to open the year on Friday at Warrior Field with kickoff slated for 4 PM.
The Warriors are led on the sidelines by veteran head coach Rui Estrela, who enters his 14th season guiding the men's soccer program. He will be joined by familiar faces as assistant coaches in Dave DaSilva, Junior Olivier and Manny Pimentel.
Massasoit is coming off another Region 21 Championship from a season ago, its sixth-straight, and finished runner up at the Northeast District Tournament, falling to Monroe College 3-2 at home.
CCBC Cantonsville makes the trek up to Massachusetts from Maryland. The Cardinals posted a 10-8 overall record last year and finished runner up at the Region 10 Tournament.
Da Fonseca is expected to play up top, as the striker finished with four goals and five assists in 11 games last season.
Isaac returns at goalie, having started and played every minute of all 15 matches as a true freshman. The keeper made 69 total saves and posted three shutouts for the Warriors.
Teixeira comes to Massasoit after an illustrious career with the Boxers, setting the school record with 50 goals. A two-time Enterprise All-Scholastic selection, the forward was named Enterprise Player of the Year in 2017 as a junior and finished with 19 goals as senior.
Gomes, was also an all-scholastic choice, playing at center midfield for the Boxers, and as the captain scored six goals and dished out eight assists as a senior.
Rounding the all-scholastic selections is De Barros, who played in the back row for Brockton and his expected to be a central defender for Massasoit.
Another forward that brings plenty of accolades is Aiden Sprague (Holbrook) from Blue Hills Regional Tech. Sprague graduated with a school record 80 goals, was named MVP of the Mayflower Athletic Conference Large Voc Division and scored 21 goals as senior.
Several Brockton natives in Fred John Andrade (midfield), Kevin Dias (defense), Mivando Alves (midfield), Juliano Andrade (forward), Djeisson Fernandes (midfield) and Carlens Jean (defense) are expected to contribute for the Warriors.
Following Friday's match, the Warriors will be off until the following weekend when they travel to Mercer County CC and Rowan College at Burlington County.