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Knights’ soccer falls to No. 20 Monroe 1-0
The CCRI men's soccer team welcomed the No. 20 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, RI on Saturday. The Knights lost to the Mustangs 1-0. With the loss the Knights fall to 5-6 on the season.
The Knights were eager for kickoff coming off two big Regional victories, a 7-1 win or Springfield Tech Thursday and 1-0 over Dean College Tuesday. Coach Toro has been very happy with the team’s growth and development over the past week. In addition, the Knights played well this game against Monroe, they took control of the tempo of the game and they were passing the ball effectively. Defensively the Knights did another solid job shutting down the high-powered Monroe offense. Chris Munoz (Talcahuano, Chile), Preston Kar (Providence, RI), Ian Duncan (Barrington, RI) and Kyle Ferreira (Westerly, RI) were able to balance the back line as they made a solid line in front of their goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI). Gallucci made some key saves, but the Knights had more opportunities to score during the game than did Monroe did but were not able to put the ball away. Captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket, RI) had several shots and other players had some good looks to put the Knights ahead as did forward Prince Tahyor (Providence, RI). However it was Monroe that was able to score on the Knights with just minutes left in regulation. Right before the score, Prince Tahyor was accidentally elbowed in the face as he tried to create some offense. The play came over to the Knights side and a corner kick was awarded as the referee saw Prince down on the field. The game was restarted when Tahyor regained his feet after a few minutes. Unfortunately, the Knights lost their focus on the ensuing corner kick cross and Monroe was able to capitalize on this mental mistake and score themselves making the score 1-0. Knights would go on to lose the game 1-0.
Head Coach Gabe Toro added after the game” Despite good overall play, we were unable to score and put the game away. Monroe kept battling and was able to put one away at the end.”
The Knights will travel to Brockton, Ma to play Region XXI foe Warriors of Massasoit Community College on Wednesday, October 10th at 3:30pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.