The CCRI Knights’ men's soccer team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA for their first Region XXI league game at the CCRI soccer Complex in Lincoln. The Knights lost to the Warriors 6-0. With the loss the Knights fall to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in Region league XXI play.
Today of all days was not an ideal day to have five players sitting on the sideline with injuries. Head Coach Gabe Toro had to redesign the back line and work players into different positions today. If that was not enough the temperature on the field soared to about 90 degrees at kick off. Luis Navas (Pawtucket, RI) and Justin Kue (West Warwick, RI) played solid games, working extremely hard through the heat to try to keep the Knights in the game. Kue was playing a new position to fill in for the injured center backs. He was one of the few players to play the entire game without a break from the heat. Other players needed breaks from the stifling humidity, but the coaching staff had limited options with only three players on the bench dressed to play today. At half time the score was 2-0 and Coach Toro attempted to keep his team motivated by stating “We are in this game!” Just before the half, the Knights had one of their better scoring opportunities in the 18-yard box when Clarence Early (Cranston, RI) left his feet to get horizontal in the air to attempt a half bicycle kick that went towards the Massasoit net but just missed before the halftime break. At that point, the momentum was on the Knights’ side however the whistle blew for half time.
In the second half the Knights were not able to maintain the score in the extreme conditions. Fatigue started to set in and because of the lack of substitutes the Knights had to fight through the conditions and finish the game. Coach Toro was proud of his players for working hard and finishing off the game with a good effort. In the second half Massasoit was able to score four unanswered goals making the final score at 6-0.
The Knights next game will be Saturday the 14th when they travel to Newark, NJ to Essex County College for a 2:00pm kickoff.
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.