RBC’s Gi­rardi is Player of the Week

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SOUTH PRINCE GE­ORGE - Richard Bland Col­lege fresh­man men’s soc­cer stand­out mid­fielder Davi Gi­rardi/São Paulo, Brazil has been named the NJCAA Di­vi­sion I Men’s Soc­cer Player of the Week for the pe­riod Septem­ber 4-10.

He led the un­beaten and No. 19 States­men (6-0, 5-0 Re­gion X) to a pair of home vic­to­ries last week with four goals and two as­sists to­tal­ing 10 points.

Gi­rardi scored the gamewin­ning goal in both matches, tal­ly­ing two goals and one as­sist in each con­test, in­clud­ing a 6-0 win past USC Sumter on Sept. 7 and a 5-0 win past Re­gion X op­po­nent Spar­tan­burg Methodist (S.C.) on Sept. 9.

“Davi has the pas­sion and the drive to win that ev­ery player must have,” said fourth-year head coach Ed­uardo de Souza. “Ev­ery game he plays, he is de­ter­mined to com­pete at the high­est level pos­si­ble.

“When you add this with his cre­ativ­ity and tal­ent, it shows with his statis­tics,” de Souza said. “We are very happy for him, but we know that with­out all our group dis­ci­pline and hard work, it would be im­pos­si­ble to ac­com­plish.”

Through six matches, Gi­rardi leads Richard Bland in scor­ing with a team-best eight goals, in­clud­ing four game-win­ning goals, adding two as­sists for 18 points.

He has started all six con­tests for the States­men and posted 18 shots (.444), in­clud­ing 11 shots on goal (.611).

Richard Bland will play on the road at in-state ri­val and Re­gion X op­po­nent Pa­trick Henry Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Satur­day, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in Martinsville.

“Davi [Gi­rardi] has the pas­sion and the drive to win that ev­ery player must have, ev­ery game he plays, he is de­ter­mined to com­pete at the high­est level pos­si­ble.” Ed­uardo de Souza, head coach

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