Port Chester High School soccer standout Kevin Riveros has decided to attend Purchase College in the fall.
Riveros, an All-Region striker who led the Port Chester Rams to an undefeated season all the way through to the Class A section final, was heavily recruited by Purchase soccer head coach James Quiroga and his assistant Lonny Unger. The college reports that Riveros has finalized his paperwork and will join the Panthers as a college freshman during pre-season in late August.
“Kevin is a gifted player,” Quiroga said. “He will be a tremendous addition to a team that fell just short of the playoffs last year and made one of the biggest turnarounds in conference. We are very excited that Kevin chose Purchase. He headlines a standout recruiting class for the fall.”
The forward finished his senior campaign at Port Chester with 13 goals and nine assists. Riveros named to the Journal News LoHud All-Star First Team and also received NSCAA All-Region team honors in addition to being named All-Section I and Most Valuable Player of Section I League C at season's end.
He's expecting to be a Liberal Studies major.
In Quiroga's and Unger's first season, the Panthers went 6-8-2 overall, including 3-5-1 in the Skyline Conference in 2011. The fell just short of the postseason by one game a year after only winning one game in all of 2010.
“Purchase is building a terrific program,” Riveros said. “They made huge strides and I can't wait to join the team in the fall. I'm looking to help Purchase advance to the postseason and make a serious run at the conference crown in 2012.”
Riveros and the Panthers will open the season on Aug. 31 at home, when they welcome Centenary College to the turf.