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Knights fall to Monroe CC 5-0
The CCRI Knights soccer team traveled to Rochester, NY on Saturday to play the Tribunes of Monroe Community College. The Knights lost to the Tribunes 5-0. With the loss the Knights fall to 1-4 on the season.
After traveling up in the rain on Friday, the weather changed just as game time arrived with the sun breaking through the clouds. The turf the Tribunes play on was not a surface that the Knights enjoyed playing on, but again, away games always present obstacles. As the game started the home fans in attendance cheered on the Tribunes. The Knights were impressed with the crowd and wanted to give them a good show. The Knights’ starting defense in the back line were all nursing different types of injuries making it difficult for them to come out full strength. The Tribunes took advantage of this and began to run forwards at them from the start. Monroe was also very physical and played every ball hard, to the point where Knights’ Coach Gabe Toro had to ask for the officials to protect the Knights on the field. Jerson Gomes(Pawtucket, RI) received elbows to the face, Sebastian Estriplet (Pawtucket, RI) would often be held by the shirt when he would begin to break away from defenders and no call was made by the officials. With 15 seconds left in the game a player from Monroe flagrantly kicked Servi Barrientos (Providence, RI) away from the action, in the back of the leg. The Monroe bench saw the poor display of sportsmanship and so did the side-line official. However, the Monroe player only received a yellow card for his violent outburst. In the end Monroe scored five goals on the Knights. CCRI was unable to answer back leaving the final score 5-0. Though CCRI lost by five, Goalkeeper Zack Caron (Seekonk, MA) made some excellent saves during the game, continuing to prove that he is a valuable asset to the team. In total, he recorded nine saves during the game.
Coach Toro told his team afterwards “They did a great job of staying together defending their player without losing control and retaliating during the incident in the end of the game. The Knights did not come out with a win this time, but they all passed the test of having good sportsmanship and composure.”
The Knights nest game will be Tuesday September 27th when they host Holyoke Community College at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln at 3:00pm.