The CCRI Men’s Soccer team was edged at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA Wednesday afternoon, surrendering two second half goals to fall 2-0. With the loss, the Knights fell to 0-3-1 on the season and 0-1 in Region XXI play.
Head Coach Gabe Toro noted that Nathan Dacosta (Warwick, RI) and Jossiemar Caballero (Johnston, RI) started at midfield and played a good first half for the Knights, as they were able to control the ball more often against Massasoit. Because of CCRI’s possession, forwards Evan Gaudreau (North Kingstown, RI) and David Moreno (Warwick, RI) were able to generate some opportunities towards the end of the half. Despite their solid play, the Knights went into the half tied 0-0.
In the second half, the wheels began to fall off for the Knights, with fatigue looking to play a role in CCRI committing mental errors. In the first 15 minutes of the second half, Massasoit’s Fabio Cula was able to capitalize on CCRI’s lack of possession, scoring two goals only eight minutes apart to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. Stephan Teixeira assisted on both goals for Massasoit.
Gaudreau and Moreno were once again able to generate some offense in the dying minutes of the game, but they weren’t able to cut into the Knights’ deficit.
“Right now, it seems that we’re playing well in compartments,” Toro said. “In order to turn this around, we need to gel and put it all together. I believe that the talent and fundamentals are there, the players just need to trust each other and play together consistently, and not in waves.”
The Knights will be back in action on Saturday, September 20, when they host Monroe Community College at 1:00 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.