Warwick, R.I. – October 22, 2015: The CCRI Knights men's soccer team traveled to Franklin, MA to take on No. 13 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) and undefeated (12-0) Bulldogs of Dean College at Longley Field I their final Region XXI league game. The Knights lost to the Bulldogs 5-1. With the loss the Knights fall to 3-12 overall and 1-7 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out and played well in the first 40 minutes. Mike Faria (West Warwick, RI), Piotr Szewczyk (Warsaw, Poland) and Sindio Freitas (Cape Verde) held down the midfield. Nate DaCosta (Warwick, RI) and Jonathan Almeida (Pawtucket, RI) worked together with the rest of the midfield to create some chances for the Knights. Dean scored twice early to take a 2-0 lead. About 20 minutes into the game Mike Faria played the ball into Trevor Lopes (Cumberland, RI) who was able to take the ball through some Dean defenders and score making the score 2-1. The Knights were in the game and this would have been a great score going into half time. With about three minutes left Dean scored two more goals one about five minutes after Lopes and one with four minutes left in the half. One was a defensive mistake and the other was an unlucky bounce that came out of a tackle which resulted in the ball coming out in front of Knights’ goalkeeper Steve Zelepos (Stonington, CT) and Dean was able to tuck it away. It went from a 2-1 game to 4-1 before the half. From there Coach Toro's half time speech totally changed dramatically.
In the second half the Knights pushed up the forwards and tried to get two quick goals. Piotr Szewczyk had two good scoring opportunities but the Dean goalie and their defense were able to deflect the shots. In the end the Knights battled all the way through, which was something they needed to work on all year. Coach Toro was proud of the players for not giving up and playing until the final whistle. Many of the Knights played with great heart, including: Zachary Bromage (Warwick, RI), Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) and Tri-Captain Brandon Iannelli (North Kingstown, RI). Despite the hard work the Knights were not able to dig out of the hole.
The Knights next game will be away in Roxbury, Massachusetts this upcoming Saturday, October 24th at 1:00pm against Roxbury Community College for a Region XXI non-league game.
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.