COSTA is a surname that has become synonymous in recent years with exciting soccer players.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa, Juventus winger Douglas Costa and now prolific Swan Hill forward Joseph Costa. While one of those names seems out of place, Costa’s incredible goalscoring record rivals that of the two European-based stars.
Costa, 25, has taken the second division of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League (BASL) by storm, netting 21 goals in 16 matches.
The next best, Shepparton South's Tom Tennant Dhiya Al Mugotir, has netted eight fewer goals than the Swans talisman.
It’s the first time Costa has had such as prolific campaign, with previous seasons hampered by injuries. He missed eight weeks of the 2016 season after dislocating his shoulder.
“This is the first full season I have had in a while,” he said.
“It’s great to be able to score and have some continuity to my game as well.”
Costa has lived in Swan Hill his whole life, playing soccer since the age of six and declared 2017 has been one of his most enjoyable seasons to date.
Aside from his ability to score for fun and being able to take the fi eld each week, Costa said it’s a great culture to be around.
“At the moment, this is one of the best seasons I have had at the club,” he said. Of the 16 matches he has played in sky blue this season, he has scored in nine games, netting at least twice seven times.
When asked if there was match he remembers most fondly from this season, he said it was “definitely the round four game against Epsom.”
He slotted a season-best four goals in that game, leading Swan Hill to a 6-4 victory.
The Swans currently sit in eighth position with seven games remaining having reached as high as third earlier in the season.
Costa commended the standard in the BASL second division, but says the Swans would need to have more consistent numbers to make the move into division one.
“It’s a pretty high standard,” he said.
“A lot of the teams have been playing a lot of players down because they have multiple teams playing in both divisions, whereas we only have the one division two team.
“It’s hard to get numbers at the moment. Some weeks we have good numbers and other weeks we don’t — it’s a bit up and down.”
As an avid Manchester United supporter, the striker idolised Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer and England international Wayne Rooney.
Despite Rooney heading towards the twilight of his career, Costa said he was sad to see him recently return to boyhood club Everton.