The CCRI men’s soccer team ended their season on a good note Saturday afternoon, edging Roxbury Community College 5-4 on Sophomore Day for the Knights. The Knights finished this season with an overall record of 4-11 and a Region XXI record of 4-5.
Coach Gabe Toro encouraged his players to send the sophomores off on a good note, and his team did just that.
Coming out with an offensive look, the Knights aggressiveness paid off instantly. Just four minutes into the game, Junior Robert (Providence, RI) finished off a nice feed from Freddy Korsah (Accra, Ghana) to give the Knights an early 1-0 lead.
Before the end of the half, Chris Quinn (Cranston, RI) found the back of the net twice, with one assist going to Chris Fernandes (Cranston, RI) and the other to Adam Corey (North Kingstown, RI), giving the Knights a comfortable 3-1 lead at the half.
To start the second half, Coach Toro made a substitution, inserting Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI) into the lineup. That move paid instant dividends, when Duarte nailed a shot past the Roxbury goalkeeper just two minutes into the half, giving the Knights a 4-1 cushion. Corey picked up his second assist of the game on the goal.
The Knights looked like they were going to run away with the game, but Roxbury Community College’s Credoritch Joseph had other ideas. The freshman from Haiti single-handedly kept his team in the game, scoring all four of Roxbury’s goals, including two around the midway point of the second half to cut his team’s deficit to 4-3.
However, the Knights answered right back, with Matt Bulmer (Dayville, CT) extending the Knights lead to 5-3, when he put away a cross into the box through traffic.
Joseph added another late goal for Roxbury to make it a 5-4 game, but it was a little too late, as the Knights were able to hang on for the victory.
“I appreciate the hard work and dedication displayed by the sophomores this year,” Toro said. “They were positive role models for all of the other players. I’m happy to end the season with a win and I’ll be excited to welcome this year’s freshmen class back next year.”
Assuming all return, the Knights will welcome back 12 freshmen from this season’s roster as sophomores next year, the most ever in Toro’s reign as head coach.
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.
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