Knights fall to Massasoit 5-1
The CCRI men's soccer team welcomed the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, RI for their fourth game of the regular season. The Knights lost the Warriors 5-1. With the loss the Knights fall to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play and 0-1 in league play. The Knights had to come out with several changes in the lineup and some players had to play out of their regular position. Several injuries have affected the lineup and formation utilized by CCRI. The Knights started off the game making the adjustments to compete but after 20 minutes they began to make some mental mistakes defensively that gave Massasoit several chances to score. For the rest of the game the Knights could not put together an offensive attack. The Knights suffered five goals in the end and were unable to fight back. Early in the contest Knights goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI) was able to stop a penalty kick in the first half to give the Knights a boost. Later in the half, Massasoit got on the board first making the score 1-0 Warriors. As the half was winding down the Knights answered with freshman forward Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI) showed tremendous offensive hustle when he jumped over and through the Massasoit defense to push the ball into the net, making it a 1-1 tie in the first half. Unfortunately, the second half was very unkind to the Knights as they allowed four unanswered goals to fall by the final score of 5-1. CCRI Head Coach Gabe Toro has to figure out the best positions for players as the injury list grows. He commented “At the moment we are struggling to get consistent offense, and our players need to step up and become more energized and play with more fire and purpose to meet the challenges that await them this season. We have the talent to do so we just have to make it happen.” The next match up will be played Tuesday the 18th when they travel to Dilboy Stadium to play the Shockers of Ben Franklin institute of Technology for a Region XXI non-league game at 7:00pm next week in Somerville, 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.