Warwick, R.I. – September 14, 2015: The CCRI men’s soccer team traveled to Newark, NJ on Sunday to face off against the Wolverines of Essex County Community College. The Knights made the long trip worthwhile as they defeated Essex by the score of 4-0. The win put the Knights back at 2-3 on the year and provided some much needed offensive momentum that they had been lacking.
Head Coach Gabe Toro and his staff said that before the game they told their players to shoot more and that they had to be much more aggressive on offense. The Knights responded just how they were supposed to by putting up four goals on the Wolverines. The first goal of the game was scored on a header by Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI). Adam DeStefano earned the assist on the play after working his way down the right wing and crossing it towards the net where Courtney finished off the play.
The next goal didn’t come till the second half but it opened up the scoring rush for the Knights. Seventeen minutes into the half Corey Chantre (Pawtucket, RI) was able to work his way into the offensive end where he found space and fired a shot from about 25 yards out. The shot found the side netting in the goal to put the Knights up 2-0. The third goal was scored on another great cross pass after Courtney dribbled his way through defenders, found space to get the pass off right to Trevor Lopes (Cumberland, RI) who kicked the ball into the back of the net with a quick strike.
The Knights last goal of the game came off the foot of Michael Faria (West Warwick, RI) who was able to corral a bouncing ball, shake through some defenders and lob a shot on net. The shot was perfect distance and height to find its way over the back pedaling goalie and land in the net.
After the game Coach Toro said “Good things happen when you push the ball. The team did a good job of pushing the ball forward during the game and they were rewarded with some good results.”
The Knights next game will be at home against American International College Junior Varsity team this Sunday, the 20th at 1pm.
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.