Warwick, R.I. – October 1, 2015: The CCRI men's soccer team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for a Region XXI league game at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln Wednesday. The Knights suffered a tough loss to the Bulldogs. With the loss the Knights record is now 2-7 on the season and 0-5 in Region XXI.
The Knights and Bulldogs were able to get the game played despite the heavy rainfall earlier in the day. The Knights out of rhythm from the start of the game and that continued as the game progressed. “The midfield was not operating like it usually does so it made it difficult to create offense today” commented Head Coach Gabe Toro. Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) and Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI) were able to provide some good pressure offensively on the Dean's backs, which led Dean’s defenders to making some mistakes. However, CCRI was not able to capitalize on these mistakes, which gave them some clear scoring opportunities. The Bulldogs’ first two goals were results of mental mistakes that resulted in a 2-0 lead for Dean.
Coach Toro has to work with structure and team defensive shape so pressure is applied in certain areas when needed during the game. Coach Toro added “We gave them the right amount of space and Dean was able to take advantage of that space.” After the third goal the Knights did not fight back with enough intensity to surmount the lead. In the end Coach Toro pushed up a third forward and played three in the back trying to apply more offensive pressure. The move did result in more offensive pressure but also led to additional scoring opportunities for Dean which they capitalized upon to take a 6-0 lead. The Knights did manage to get a goal when Co-Captain Nate Dacosta (Warwick, RI) scored on a direct kick with five minutes remaining I the game but that would not be enough as the Bulldogs would win by the final tally of 6-1.
Coach Toro said “Once we were down 3-0, we had to take a risk to thin out the defense to add more offense. Sometimes this move works but sometimes it leads to more goals for the other team. Today against Dean, we did not play our game and we lost the will to fight back in the second half. Hopefully for the game this weekend we will regain the idea that all players must be all in for 90 minutes.”
The Knights next game will be this weekend when they travel to New Rochelle, NY to play the Mustangs of Monroe College on Saturday, October 3rd at 7pm.
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.