The CCRI Men’s Soccer team traveled to Boston, MA yesterday afternoon to take on Bunker Hill Community College in their season opener. Facing a tough first test, CCRI played well, escaping enemy territory with a 2-2 tie. With the draw, the Knights are now 0-0-1.
CCRI came out firing on all cylinders in the early stages of the game, with Jackson Acciaoli (Greenville, RI) making a nice pass to Junior Robert (Providence, RI), who fired a shot past the keeper to give the Knights a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute. It didn’t take long for CCRI to make it 2-0. In the 13th minute, Robert collected his own rebound and made a nice feed to Evan Gaudreau (Jamestown, RI), who buried the ball into the back of the net to extend the Knights’ lead.
Down the stretch, however, the Knights failed to possess the ball, showing some characteristics of a young team. Because of this, CCRI allowed Bunker Hill to creep back into the game with a goal at the end of the first half. The eventual tying goal then came off of a set piece in the second half that found its way past Knights’ keeper Alex Padilla (Cranston, RI), making it 2-2.
Head coach Gabe Toro commented that Brandon Ianelli (North Kingstown, RI), Casey Ianelli (North Kingstown, RI), Logan Corcoran (Greenville, RI), and Acciaoli all particularly played well defensively in the tie for the Knights.
“I’m looking forward to the team growing in confidence and playing with more belief in each other,” Toro said. “For the first game, we showed the ability to defend well and put balls in the back of the net with a powerful offensive front. I’m looking forward to the two games this weekend.”
The Knights will be home for the first time this season with two games this weekend. CCRI will host ASA on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., before hosting Essex County College on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played at CCRI’s 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.