The CCRI men’s soccer team traveled to West Windsor, New Jersey on Sunday to play Mercer Community College in their second game of the weekend and fell 2-0. With the loss the Knights’ record drops to 2-8 on the season.
After a tough loss to Monroe the night before, the Knights’ coaching staff encouraged their team to let the ball do the running and to utilize each other to become a more dangerous team.
The Knights’ game plan paid dividends, playing a solid first half defensively led by Andrew Grenier (Greenville, RI) , Adam Couto (Plainfield, CT) , Jean Arenas (Cranston, RI) and Christopher Quinn (Cranston, RI), forcing a scoreless tie at the half.
Robert Gallucci (Coventry, RI) made some impressive one-on-one saves to keep the Knights’ in the game, before Mercer was finally able to find the back of the net near the midway point of the second half to make it a 1-0 game.
The Knights fought hard and sustained offensive pressure late in the game, with their best offensive chance coming on a Christopher Quinn cross that Junior Robert (Providence, RI0 headed just inches wide of the net.
However, Mercer put the game out of reach with about two minutes left, when they found the back of the net to extend their lead to 2-0.
“I felt that many players increased their soccer knowledge and learned how to be competitive through adversity and tough conditions,” Head Coach Gabe Toro said. “Most of my guys have heart, determination, and grit and those who did not before this weekend, have it now.”
With the loss, the Knights’ fall to 2-8 on the season. They’ll look to get back on track Wednesday, when they travel to Massasoit Community College for a 3:30 p.m. start.
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.