The CCRI Men’s Soccer team got down early and never recovered in an 11-0 loss to Suffolk County Community College Saturday afternoon at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. With the loss, the Knights fell to 2-5-1 on the season and remained 2-1-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out flat, making uncharacteristic mistakes on defense. It didn’t take long for Suffolk to capitalize on these mistakes, racing out to a 5-0 lead at halftime, and deflating whatever hopes that CCRI had left.
It didn’t get much better for the Knights in the second half, as Suffolk’s substitutions came off of the bench hungry for playing time. Those players added six second-half goals to make it an 11-0 final score.
The Sharks were led by Keith Marro, who totaled three goals and two assists in his team’s victory. Julio Olivares and Joseph Lopez also contributed two goals and two assists apiece, while Romario Hulea chipped in with two goals and an assist.
“Our players cannot come out for a game and not be ready to go mentally right from the sound of the whistle,” CCRI Head Coach Gabe Toro said. “We have talent on the team, but we still have to put in the hard work and commit to the cause. We’re not good enough to come out flat, go through the motions, and then try to come back from five goals down.”
The Knights will look to get back on track at conference-rival Dean College on Wednesday. The game is scheduled for 4:00 pm in Franklin, MA.
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.