Warwick, R.I. – October 16, 2017: The CCRI men’s soccer team welcomed the Wolverines of Essex County to the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI on Saturday. The Knights fell to the Wolverines 6-0, dropping their record to 2-8 on the season.
The Knights started the game under pressure. Essex County came out looking to make a statement early. In the opening minutes, the Knights found themselves defending a corner kick which was headed in by the Wolverines, putting the Knights down 1-0. The defense continued to be under pressure most of the game, but the Knights held strong for the majority of the first half. After creating their own chances, and pushing for the equalizer, the Wolverines were able to score two goals towards the end of the half on counter attacks, putting the Knights down 3-0 at halftime.
In the second half, the Knights continued to push. Donald Campbell (Pawtucket, RI), Kyle Gonsalves (East Providence, RI), Dante Turano (Westerly, RI), and Alexis Beltran (Warwick, RI) all did their best to defend while it into offense quickly. The added focus on attack left the defense vulnerable, giving the Wolverines more opportunities. Goalkeeper Jordan Lopez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) made some great saves to keep the Knights in the game. Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) worked hard both defensively and offensively, trying to get the Knights back into the game. The Knights were unable to find their way back in and were left vulnerable at the back. The Knights lost with a final score of 6-0.
Head Coach Gabe Toro thought the Knights were unable to create enough chances in the game. He thinks the team needs to be more efficient when they do create chances. The clinical finishing is lacking from the Knights, who struggled to score on Saturday.
The Knights will look to get their third win on Monday, as they travel to Springfield, MA to take on Springfield Technical Community College at 3pm.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.