The CCRI men’s soccer team lost a hard-fought game, 2-0, to Monroe College on Saturday afternoon at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. With the loss, the Knights fell to 2-7-1 on the season and remained 2-2-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights were put in an early hole, as Monroe’s Fabian Burnett found the back of the net just 48 seconds into the game, giving the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. However, after coming out sluggish, CCRI’s defense picked up the pace and neutralized Monroe to take a 1-0 game into halftime.
Due to a yellow card in the Knights’ defense, sophomore Chris Quinn (Cranston, RI) was moved back to defense in the second half. Quinn, who played defense for the Knights last year, thrived in his natural position, minimizing any offensive chance for Monroe.
Late in the game, the Knights pushed up in an attempt to score a goal, and got spread out. During this time, Monroe was able to add an insurance goal, with Kalifa Sylla burying a shot in the 87th minute.
CCRI keeper Alex Padilla (Cranston, RI) played outstanding in the loss, turning aside 13 of Monroe’s 15 shots on goal to keep his team in the game.
“I’m proud of my players and the fight that they put up in the game,” CCRI head coach Gabe Toro said. “I told my team that we were in the game, and at halftime, I told my players that one goal would make all the difference because our defensive pressure was good and we figured out their offense. All we needed to do was score.”
The Knights will be at home again on Wednesday, when they host Massasoit Community College at 3:30 p.m. at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
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.