The CCRI Men’s Soccer team lost a heartbreaker 1-0 Sunday afternoon to an extremely talented Essex County College (NJ) team at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. With the loss, the Knights fell to 0-2-1 on the season.
With hot and humid conditions for their second game in two days, Head Coach Gabe Toro went with a new look in the starting lineup for the Knights. This was a combination of resting players due to the heat and seeing what kind of depth he had against tough competition.
Other than a goal off of a corner kick early in the first half, CCRI played Essex evenly, with both team’s limiting offensive chances. Junior Robert (Providence, RI) received a yellow card right before the end of the half and he did not come back in for the rest of the game. By staying out of the game, the Knights lost a valuable asset on the offensive side of the ball.
Toro noted that he was very happy with his players and how they performed, particularly Zachary Bromage (Warwick, RI) defensively.
“I’m still looking for more consistency out of the midfield positions and I feel that they need to find confidence in their game in order to make the overall team perform better,” Coach Toro said. “Defensively, the team played well, but with dynamic forwards like Evan Gaudreau (North Kingstown, RI) and Robert, they need balls fed into them so they can get more quality reps offensively.”
The Knights will face another tough test on Wednesday, when they travel to Massasoit Community College for a 4:00 p.m. game in search of their first win of the season.
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.