09.25.12: The CCRI Knights men's soccer team traveled to Holyoke, MA to play the Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Cougars 2-0. With the victory the Knights improve to 3-4 overall and 3-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights continue to deal with injuries, with starters: Chris Munoz (Talcahuano, Chile), Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth, RI) and Frederick Korsah (Accra, Ghana) unable to play due to injuries. This forced Head Coach Gabe Toro and his staff to make some adjustments to their lineup once again. Newcomers to the Knights Kyle Ferreira (Westerly, RI) and Jossiemar Caballero (Providence, RI) stepped-up and did very well in their first starts of the season, contributing to the team immediately.
The Knights opened up the scoring on a free kick from Servi Barrientos (Providence, RI) before the first half ended. After the Knights played well for most of the first half, they came out flat the second half which allowed Holyoke to get back into the game. The Knights had some chances but were not aggressive enough to get another goal until there was twenty minutes left in the game. Forward Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI) scrambled to pass the ball to Barrientos who unleashed a powerful shot from the top of the 18 yard box into the top corner of the Holyoke net to give the Knights a 2-0 lead and eventual margin of victory. Goalkeeper Derek Soares (Pawtucket, RI) also got his first start of the year and made the most of it charting his first career shutout.
Coach Toro commented after the game: “Overall, the new lineup did show some more offensive flow but the defense still needs to work on cleaning up their play coming out of the back.”
The Knights look forward to their next game this Saturday at 3:30pm when they will host the Wolverines of Essex County College form Newark, NJ at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln.
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.