The CCRI Knights’ men's soccer team welcomed the Bulldogs of Dean College to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln on Tuesday. The Knights lost to the Bulldogs 3-1. With the loss the Knights fall to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in Region XXI play and 0-2 in their conference (Region XXI Division I).
The Knights were definitely ready to take on their Division I rival. Head Coach Gabe Toro was excited because two of his injured players were ready to come back and contribute to the team. The coaching staff finally had a game plan ready and the personnel to carry it out. The Knights were able to execute the game plan for most of the first half. With 14:03 left in the first half, Junior Robert (Providence, RI) headed a pass over the Dean back line where Freddie Korsah (Accra, Ghana) was able to anticipate this pass as he ran into the 18-yard box through two Bulldog defenders and shot the ball around the Dean goalkeeper. Korsah’ s goal gave the Knights a 1-0 lead. But with under three minutes left in the half, the Knights had a mental lapse that resulted in the equalizer scored by Javon Philip making the score 1-1. That is the score at halftime. Coach Toro was very impressed with his team’s structure and defensive discipline for 42 minutes of the first half.
In the second half the Knights suffered a quick goal a minute into the half. This was a mental blow to the Knights and they were not able to recover. The Bulldogs capitalized on a foul outside the 18 yard box and ran a set play that landed on the foot of Kelvin Castillo giving Dean the 2-1 lead just 1:08 into the second half. About 20 minutes into the second half a bad clearance by the Knights’ defense resulted in a put back by Alex Bedrosian giving Dean the 3-1 lead which ended up being the final score.
Coach Toro expressed to his team “You need to be more mentally resilient when they scored upon. Tri-Captain Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI), had a great game in net and made some big saves in net for us. Overall, we showed we were able to compete with any team in Division I. Consistency for 90 minutes is our next goal.”
The Knights will have the opportunity to show this consistency when they host the Rams Springfield Technical Community College to Lincoln for another home game on Thursday, October 3rd at 4:00pm.
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.