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Knights fall to No. 4 ranked Monroe CC 5-1
The CCRI men’s soccer team faced No. 4 (NJCAA DI poll) ranked Tribunes of Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY on Saturday. The Knights fell to the undefeated and now 9-0 Tribunes 5-1. With the loss the Knights’ record is now 2-4 on the season.
The Knights were facing a team that was coming in red hot with a perfect 8-0 record thus far this season. Making that task even more difficult was the fact that Head Coach Gabe Toro and the Knights are still trying to find a consistent starting lineup after suffering several key injuries in the second week of the season. The Tribunes came out and played a very physical game, something Coach Toro pointed out would happen in the locker room before the game. Monroe started to hit and hustle as the Knights adjusted to the speed and level of play. The official had to give out two yellow cards to the Tribunes in order for them to recognize that they were coming in late on tackles and the constant pressure and physical play started to wear down forwards Prince Tahyor (Providence, RI) and Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI). Tahyor would constantly be fouled as he tried to turn on his speed on to Monroe. The injury woes for the Knights continued as Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth, RI) collided intensely in the middle of the field with a Monroe player, which resulted in both players being removed by the game with minor injuries. John Fargnoli (Providence, RI) came in to provide some quality minutes for the Knights until he had to leave with a minor injury, keeping the Knights’ training staff busy throughout the contest.
Monroe opened up the scoring less than 20 minutes into the contest, capitalizing on two mistakes in the back line by the Knights giving them a 2-0 lead. The Tribunes scored a third goal before the half to go into the break leading 3-0. The Knights came out second half a lot stronger and started to play more physically. Coach Toro encouraged his team to pass the ball with more speed and use Monroe’s size and speed against them. Unfortunately, the Knights took too long to get their game started. Monroe was able to score another goal to lead 4-0. However, Co-Captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket, RI) was able to score a goal and get the Knights on the board in the middle of the second half to cut the Monroe lead to 4-1, CCRI also had two or three other clear chances to score but could not convert. Monroe added a late goal to make the final score 5-1 Monroe.
The Knights’ next game will be Tuesday, September 25th at 4:00pm when they travel to Holyoke, MA to play Holyoke Community College in a Region XX1 non-league game.
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.