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Knights Nixed by Massasoit CC 3-2
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Brockton, MA for their first away game of the year versus Region XXI foe Warriors of Massasoit Community College. The Knights lost to the Warriors 3-2. With the loss the Knights fall to 0-3 on the season and 0-2 in Region XXI play.
The young Knights were looking forward to facing Massasoit as they have an on-going rivalry over the years, a rivalry that makes for very exciting games. The Knights were able to start the game strong right out of the gate. About 20 minutes into the game a Massasoit player went down with an injury and he seemed to be in excruciating pain. Knights’ Forward Michael Gomes (Cumberland, RI) was calling out to the official requesting the game be stopped so the Massasoit player could get the medical attention he needed. The action was away from this injury so other players and coaches did not notice the fallen player right away. Gomes continued to yell loud and finally got the attention of the official. As the official approached the injured player Gomes excitement and frustration had him make a bad decision in the way he addressed the official, so the official presented the young Knight with a red card. Both teams were confused and did not know what had occurred until Gomes walked to the bench in disappointment. The Knights continued the game with only ten players on the field. This was a huge blow for the Knights as Gomes is one of their top scoring threats at forward. Head Coach Gabe Toro has preached dealing with adversity and this was a test for the Knights. Coach Toro adjusted the formation and pushed the Knights to keep fighting. That is exactly what they did as Freshman John Natareno (Providence, RI) answered the call, when he scored a volley off a corner kick taken by Freshman Jerson Gomes (Pawtucket, RI) about ten minutes after the red card incident giving he Knights a 1-0 lead. Before the half, Massasoit was able to score and tie the game 1-1.
At the start of the second half, the Knights continued to play well and smart, not allowing Massasoit to spread them out defensively. Tactically, the Knights were able to nullify the Massasoit one man advantage for most of the game. Defenders Michael Keegan (East Greenwich, RI) and Christopher Lopes (Pawtucket, RI) held their defensive line in the back which made a big difference in stopping the Massasoit forwards. Knights’ Goalkeeper Zack Caron (Seekonk, MA) also contributed with several key saves throughout the match. Massasoit’s next goal came after the official awarded a questionable penalty kick to them, they converted making the score 2-1 Warriors. Massasoit’s next goal was when the team capitalized on a mistake by one of the Knights making the score 3-1. About ten minutes before the end of the game, the Knights kept pushing forward and were able to get one back making the final score 3-2. The goal was scored by John Natareno off another the assist of Jerson Gomes the same combination that scored their first goal.
Head Coach Gabe Toro commented after the game both John Natareno and Jerson Gomes played extremely well today finding each other to create great offensive opportunities.”
The Knights have a few days off before their next game when they host Region XXI foe Ben Franklin Institute of Technology at 3:00pm Tuesday September 20th at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, RI.