10.20.12: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for a critical Region XXI league contest on Saturday with a berth to the Region XXI men’s soccer championship on the line. The Knights fell to the Bulldogs 2-1 in a very tightly contested game. With the loss the Knights’ record falls to 5-7-1 overall and 5-2-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights knew they would be in for a tough contest after battling and narrowly defeating the Bulldogs on October 2nd 1-0 in Franklin, MA and the Bulldogs would be out to exact some revenge on their regional counterpart. As in their first contest, this game was very tight with neither team scoring in the first half. Both teams had opportunities: the bulldogs with seven shots and the Knights with six but neither could tally a goal.
In the second half, both teams began to assert themselves offensively and three minutes into the half Dean was able to break the deadlock on an unassisted goal by Paul Rocha Lima giving The Bulldogs the 1-0 advantage. Dean would keep the lead for most of the half. However, with about 15 minutes left in the half sophomore midfielder Servi Barrientos (Providence, RI) was able to tally an unassisted goal to even the score 1-1. Barrientos was able to hook in a great curve ball from a corner kick past the Bulldogs’ goalkeeper. With the score knotted at 1-1 the Knights had a chance to repeat their late game heroics as they did when they played the Bulldogs in Franklin but it would be the Bulldogs that would get the game-winner. With less than five minutes to play in the game Gregory Smedburg scored to give Dean a 2-1 lead. The Knights were unable to answer the late goal losing by the final score of 2-1. Dean College and Massasoit Community College will play for the Region XXI Championship Saturday at Massasoit in Brockton, MA.
Head Coach Gabe Toro commented after the game “We did not play our game today. We did not keep position of the ball and did not combine with each other, which is the strength of the team. The players did not get into any rhythm today, which benefitted Dean. I do not like the style of run, chase, and hope for the best. Dean plays well using this style and as a result they were able to pull off the win. I had a great group of players this year and hope they continue to develop and improve as the season comes to an end for the Knights.”
The Knights have one more game on their schedule this Wednesday when they will host the Bees of American International College JV team to the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln for a game beginning at 3:30pm. This will be Sophomore Day for the eight Knights’ sophomores playing in the final home game for CCRI: Derek Soares (Pawtucket, RI), Chris Lopes (Pawtucket, RI), Co-Captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket, RI), Servi Barrientos, Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth, RI), Co-Captain Chris Munoz (Talcahuano, Chile), Kyle Ferreira (Westerly, RI) and Prince Tayhor (Providence, RI).
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.