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Knights fall to Essex CC 4-1
The CCRI Knights men's soccer team welcomed the Wolverines Essex Community College from Newark, NJ this past Saturday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. The Knights lost to the Wolverines 4-1. With the loss the Knights fall to 3-5 on the season.
The heavy rains cleared for the 3:30pm game time. The Knights started off the game looking really good but the tide turned when Essex capitalized on a mistake by the Knights defensively making the score 1-0 Essex.
In the second half the Knights came back and tied the game when Co-Captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket, RI) took a free kick just outside the 18 yard box and found Servi Barrientos (Providence, RI) cutting through box. Barrientos redirected ball in with an excellent header past the Essex goalkeeper to make the score 1-1. The celebration was short lived because Essex came back and scored about 45 seconds later giving the Wolverines the 2-1 lead. Then less than a minute later Essex scored another to take a 3-1 lead. After this goal the Knights could not develop any kind of consistent offensive rhythm. The Knights sense of urgency finally turned on at the last 15 minutes of the game. They hit the post twice and missed several chances in front of the net. The Knights pushed-up their offense which made them spread out the back and also made them vulnerable as they gave up one final goal, to make the final score 4-1 Essex.
Knights’ Head Coach Gabe Toro said after the game “I did not imagine this score line after the good start the team had in the beginning of the game. I am hoping our players utilize each other a lot more and play more as a complete unit. Without a change in this attitude we will continue to have frustrating losses like this one.”
The Knights travel to Dean College in Franklin, MA on Tuesday to play the No. 17 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Bulldogs in a Region XXI league game at 4:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 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.