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Knights upend Massasoit 1-0 in OT!
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted Region XXI foe Warriors of Massasoit Community College form Brockton, MA on Wednesday. The Knights defeated the Warriors 1-0 in overtime. With the victory the Knights improve to 4-7 overall and 3-3 in Region XXI play and in doing so keeps their hopes alive to compete in the 2011 Region XXI soccer championship.
After a big win over the weekend against Bryant & Stratton over the weekend the Knights were hungry for more as they lined up across from Massasoit, a top Region XXI Division I rival. Massasoit was also at the Essex tournament over the weekend and also defeated Bryant & Stratton. Knights’ Head Coach Gabe Toro was expecting a really exciting game and hoping for the Knights to begin their first winning streak of the season against a top opponent. Massasoit came out strong and the Knights’ defense made some mental errors at the start of the game. Poor communication in the back gave Massasoit some clear chances to score. Fortunately for the Knights, goalkeeper Zach Caron (Seekonk, MA), as he has done during the season, made some big saves when tested by the Warriors. Caron was able to make up for his teammates mistakes and keep the Knights in the game with his six big saves in this game.
In the second half the Knights were able to clean up their game and were able to create more offense, finding ways to penetrate into the defense of Massasoit. Co-Captain Emmanuel Ridore (Warwick, RI) played a fantastic game, applying pressure defensively and he was a threat as he hustled and distributed balls into the offensive third. Coach Toro commented “Ridore’s work ethic this game was exemplary and made a big difference in the game.” Because of the field conditions the midfield for the Knights was having trouble keeping possession of the ball and needed to get together to get the flank players into the game. Jerson Gomes (Pawtucket, RI) and John Natareno (Providence, RI) were not getting enough touches making it difficult to attack the wings. Coach Toro made a change in formation towards the end of the game, pushing two forwards up front to capitalize on the field conditions. Forcing up Emmett Dixon (Central Falls, RI) and Michael Gomes (Cumberland, RI) to forward where they were able to work together and increasing scoring opportunities. After regulation both teams were knotted at zero.
Adding to the excitement was a fire drill in the main building which forced all the students out to the soccer area giving the Knights a larger fan base and extra boost for sudden death. About four minutes into sudden death overtime the Knights answered the call of the fans as Michael Gomes was able to steal a ball near the 18-yard box and to dribble by two Massasoit defenders and slip a nice shot into the far lower corner of the net, Knights win 1-0! This was the second consecutive overtime win in as many games.
The Knights next game will at home next Wednesday October 19th when they host Bristol Community College at 3:30pm.