The CCRI men’s soccer team ended a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Knights improved to 3-8-1 on the season and 3-3-1 in Region XXI play.
CCRI went with Sindio Freitas (Cape Verde), Jean Arenas (Cranston, RI), and Nate DaCosta (Warwick, RI) at midfield to start the game, with hopes of compiling more possession time. Even though the field condition made this difficult, the group played well, denying Bristol the opportunity to get anything generated offensively.
Near the end of the first half, the midfield made a nice pass into Junior Robert (Providence, RI), who beat a series of defenders and the keeper to record the only goal of the game in the 41st minute. Robert’s game-winner was his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The Knights had several opportunities to put the game away in the second half, but the combination of some tough luck and a solid keeper didn’t allow them to do so. CCRI hit a crossbar and had a shot roll just inches wide down the stretch. However, the one goal proved to be enough, as CCRI’s defense put together an all-around good effort in the win.
“All-in-all we pulled off the win,” CCRI head coach Gabe Toro said. “But we need to make things more precise and sharp to pull off a win against Dean College this upcoming weekend.”
The Knights will host conference-rival Dean College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The game will follow the women’s game against Bunker Hill at 11:00 a.m. Saturday will be Pink Out and Sophomore Day for both the Knights and Lady Knights, as they raise awareness for Breast Cancer and celebrate their sophomore student-athletes for their two years of service to the CCRI Department of Athletics.
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.