Warwick, R.I. – September 10, 2015: The CCRI men’s soccer team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA in a Region XXI showdown. The Knights scoring woes continued and it led to a 2-0 loss to the hands of their rivals. The loss dropped the Knights to 1-3 on the season 0-1 conference (DII Region XXI) and 0-2 overall in Region XXI play.
Before the game, Head Coach Gabe Toro told his team “they needed to come out firing and apply offensive pressure from the start” while also stating that “the defense was banged up and needed help by the offense to keep the pressure on the opposing goal.”
Freshman Shane Iannelli (North Kingstown, RI) and Ivandro Pires (Central Falls, RI) have been holding their own on the defensive end despite lacking experience with that end of the field. Ibrahima Male (Pawtucket, RI) and Aris Santiago (Seekonk, MA) are both primarily offensive players have also been spending a lot of time on the defensive end in hopes to fill some gaps.
Despite the Knights best effort to mend their defense, the lack of experience came back to haunt them. Both Massasoit goals scored were on counter attacks, where the Knights failed to score and the Warriors used that momentum to quickly create offense on the other end, leading to the goals. The first was scored at the three minute 30 second mark on the first counter attack. The Knights defense held tough though and kept the score at 1-0 going into the half.
The second half was similar as Massasoit scored its goal within the first minutes on the second successful counter attack, once again though the Knights defense would hold strong the rest of the game. The two goals were not insurmountable and the Knights had many chances to out one in the net, but like previous games on the season, they could not capitalize on those chances.
Jonathan Almeida (Pawtucket, RI) had the best game of his young collegiate career so far. He created offensive scoring chances and he put several great balls into the 18-yard box but the Knights were not able to crash the box enough to connect with these services by the Knights midfielder.
Coach Toro said “I was happy with our teams play, especially the last 20 minutes where we decided to attack together as a team, we just need to be able to stay hungry and look to score goals more often. At times we have good possession of the ball but do not look to attack and create chances for ourselves.”
The Knights will travel to Newark, NJ to play Essex County College this Sunday September 13th at 1:00 pm.
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.