09.08.12: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team welcomed the ASA Avengers, from Brooklyn, NY to the CCRI soccer complex located on the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln Saturday afternoon. The Knights fell to the Avengers 2-0. With the loss the Knights drop to 1-2 on the season.
After a 4-1 victory earlier in the week, over Manchester Community College, the Knights wanted to come out strong to continue their winning streak. The Knights were unable to find an offensive rhythm. The offense was just a step off and they were not able to connect simple passes with consistency. With this lacking, the Knights did not have many opportunities in the offensive third. Two really good shots resulted in a rebound and contact with the post. The Knights were not able to capitalize on their opportunities. Defensively, the team did well but on two occasions they were unable to clear the ball cleanly. This lack of execution resulted in the chances for the Avengers. The ASA players were able to capitalize on these mistakes. ASA scored one goal at the 12:50 mark of the first half as Jose Herrera, with his back to the goal was able to curl a shot passed Knights’ goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI), it was an excellent shot that left Gallucci no chance to react giving the avengers the 1-0 lead. In the second half, ASA again capitalized on another scramble in front of the Knights’ net as Kareem Kennedy scored on a deflection from Gallucci as he slid to the ground he was able to re-direct the deflection into the upper portion of the net giving ASA the 2-0 lead and they were able to hold the Knights off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
Knights Head Coach Gabe Toro had to change his lineup because of some injuries on the team. Injuries are always a problem, but this year they are coming earlier than ever. Coach Toro had some weapons on the team, but he was unable to call on them because of the injuries. Coach Toro and the players are working with the training staff at CCRI to speed up their recovery.
The next match-up for the Knights will be this Thursday, September 13 in Lincoln when they will host regional rival Warriors of Massasoit Community College form Brockton, MA.
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.