BRISTOL - Gian Costantiello, the center defender for the Bristol Eastern boys soccer team this past fall, has signed a letter of commitment to play at Western New England University next fall. In a formal signing last week, the Lancers’ captain was with family, friends and coaches to make his intentions known that he will be competing at the collegiate level.
Costantiello was a three starter for coach Bill Sweet and was selected all-conference in 2015. His position as a center defender will be tough to replace for the Lancers, as he was counted on to anchor the defense while also helping to initiate counter attacks.
“Gian was a complete player for Bristol Eastern,” Sweet said. “He was a natural leader who made his teammates better players. While I think he aspired to be an attacker and showed his offensive ability by scoring some key goals, it was his overall skill that anchored our defense.”
The long time Lancers coach was also impressed with Costantiello off the field and in the school community.
“He is a genuinely fine young man who led Eastern with class,” Sweet said. “Gian represents the type of young man that any coach would be proud to have in his program. From his dedication to improving himself and the players around him to his strong work ethic, I feel fortunate to have coached him for four years.”
Costantiello will join a WNEU team that earned its ninth tournament appearance last season, while posting an 11-10-1 record last season. Costantiello knew right away that he would join the Golden Bears when making his decision.
“I really liked the campus [and] the school has a very welcoming and cultural background to it,” Costantiello said. “[WNEU head] coach [Devin] O'Neill and the players created a strong team atmosphere, which is important.”
Costantiello plans on majoring in Criminal Justice on a Terrorism and Homeland Security track.
“I wanted to thanks everyone who has gotten me to this point and fulfill my dreams of becoming a college athlete,” Costantiello said. “I would like to especially thank my parents, teammates and coaches in helping me fulfill my dream. They pushed me to be better to help make this happen.”