The CCRI Knights men's soccer team welcomed the Cougars of Holyoke Community College, from Holyoke, MA to the CCRI soccer complex located on the CCRI Flanagan campus in Lincoln. The Knights defeated the Cougars 5-0. With the victory the Knights improve to 1-5 on the season and 1-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out with their new formation to face Holyoke. Tri-Captain goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI) was back for this game after being injured in the game against Monroe over the weekend. Head Coach Gabe Toro has been trying several players in different positions to see what works best. Coach Toro has been lucky to have a very versatile team that can make these adjustments. The team itself also has been learning to trust each other and the roles they have out on the field. In the first half Adam Corey (North Kingstown, RI) scored a goal assisted by Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI), after Corey made a great run across the middle that broke him into the open field giving the Knights a 1-0 lead. The Knights took that 1-0 lead into halftime. At the half Coach Toro instructed the Knights to clean up their play because the score reflected the direction the game started to turn for the Knights. Sloppy play in the middle made it difficult to create scoring opportunities.
In the second half the players collected themselves and were able to be more clinical in their play. Junior Robert (Providence, RI) was one of the versatile players that Coach Toro was utilizing in the midfield this game, but at about the 20-minute mark in the second half Coach Toro moved him up to the forward position for the Knights. From there, Junior went off scoring four goals before the end of the game. The first goal came from an assist from Justin Kue (West Warwick, RI), who played a great game in the middle. The next goal came from a through ball from Tri-Captain Chris Fernandes (Cranston, RI). On the third goal Robert got hungry inside the area and was aggressive as he pulled a mini bicycle kick to put the ball in the back of the net after it bounced in the box. On his last goal Junior Robert just plain worked hard to dribble and overpower the Holyoke defense for his final tally of the day giving the Knights the well-deserved 5-0 victory.
“All in all we continue to improve” Coach Toro commented and he is hoping to get all his players back healthy for their big Region XXI conference game versus Dean College Tuesday October 1st at 3:30pm.
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.