Men's Soccer

 

A New Day has arrived for Dukes Men's Soccer

Four Dukes were named to postseason All-Region and All-Conference Teams
Four Dukes were named to postseason All-Region and All-Conference Teams

When new Dukes Head Men's Soccer Coach, Giuseppe Lamberti, was hired back in January, there was excitement on campus that Men's Soccer would experience a turnaround.  The early expectations were for the Dukes to compete and slowly build into what Lamberti established at his previous college, Camden County.  Lamberti had other plans as the Dukes would turn in the best season in program history along with reaching the program's first ever Regional Final.  It was a complete effort as all members of the Dukes roster played significant minutes throughout the 2019 season, however, four members stood out the most.  Freshman forward Higor Barbieri was joined by Freshman midfielders Luiz Henrique Oliveira da Silva, Andre Palminha, and Freshman defender Luis Alexis Coelho.


Luiz Henrique Oliveira da Silva - Fr. - Sao Paulo, Brazil

1st Team All-Region - 1st Team All-Conference

Routinely the most skilled player on the pitch, Luiz Henrique set the tone for the Dukes in the midfield. Statistically, the Sao Paulo native was third on the team in goals (7), second on the team in assists (5), and finished with 19 points, good enough for 3rd on the record-setting team.  However, Luiz Henrique's impact could not be quantified as he jumpstarted the offense with his tremendous passing ability and slick movements through defenders.  In the inaugural Rowan College Derby against RCSJ-Gloucester, Luiz Henrique scored the first goal of the match after shifting through the defense, depositing a defender with a smooth spin move before sliding in the eventual game-winner in a 2-0 victory.  Just a freshman, the Dukes are excited to see Luiz Henrique build on his impressive 2019 campaign.

 

Higor Barbieri - Fr. - Campinas, Brazil

3rd Team All-Region - 2nd Team All-Conference

Barbieri was a force up top for the Dukes offense.  The stout forward from Campinas, Brazil provided the Dukes with 9 goals and 2 assists in his freshman campaign.  Throughout the season, Barbieri would utilize his speed and strength to work his way past defenders to finish second on the team in goals and tally 20 points for the upstart Dukes.  A demanding, vocal leader for Cumberland, Higor provided the leadership needed to bring the Dukes on the door step of their first National Tournament.  After an eye-opening freshman season, expectations will be elevated for the high-energy striker.

 

Andre Palminha - Fr. - Barras, Portugal

3rd Team All-Region - 2nd Team All-Conference

The slick speedster from Barras, Portgual, Andre Palminha, provided a boost for the Dukes late in the season.  Terrific footwork and high accuracy thrusted Palminha into a important role for Cumberland when it needed it most.  After a somewhat lackluster start, head coach Giuseppe Lamberti, began employing Palminha on the wing and the team took off on a 6-game winning streak. Palminha would finish the season leading the team in assists with 8 to go along with a total of 4 goals.  His most important goal would come in the final match of the season, a free kick against Union County in the final minutes of the second overtime.  Based on how his 2019 finished, Palminha is eager to continue the momentum into 2020.

 

Luis Alexis Coelho - Fr. - Leiria, Portugal

3rd Team All-Conference

Alexis Coelho was a part of one of the most stingiest defenses in Region XIX play during the 2019 season.  The steady right back from Leiria, Portgual, Coelho was a brick wall to defenders as he was the perfect combination of speed, strength, and high soccer I.Q.  A vocal leader, Coelho was an integral part of the back line for Cumberland as the defense held their opponent to one goal or less ten times in 2019 that included 4 shutouts.  After a disappointing end in the regional final, one could expect Coelho and the Dukes to make a strong return in 2020