Warwick, R.I. – October 16, 2017: The CCRI Men’s Soccer Team traveled to Springfield, MA to take on the Springfield Tech Community College Rams in a Region XXI battle on Monday. The Knights left with a 5-0 win, raising their record to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in region XXI.
The Knights started the game with a different look, as Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) started up to with Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI), switching their formation to a 4-4-2. The change in formation paid off quickly, as DiMaria assisted Diouf for the first goal six minutes into the game. A few minutes later, Stivalindo Fonseca (Pawtucket, RI) attacked the Rams defense and was able to draw a foul inside the 18-yard box, resulting in a penalty kick. Fonseca stepped up and took the penalty, slotting it home and giving the Knights a 2-0 lead. In the 34th minute, Diouf returned the favor to DiMaria assisting him on the Knights third goal. After striking the crossbar, Edmilo Goncalves (Praia, Cape Verde) was able to find himself in space in the box, and score the Knights third goal, leading to a 4-0 score at halftime.
In the second half, the Knights continued to push. Head Coach Gabe Toro was able to make some substitutions with the lead, putting Cornelius Tay (Providence, RI) and Jasson Johnson-Morais (Cranston, RI) on the field. In the half, Johnson-Morais took a powerful shot from outside which the goalkeeper could not handle, and he left a rebound. Cornelius Tay jumped on the rebound to give the Knights a 5-0 lead which they were able to see out for the victory. The defense played extremely well behind the strong performances of Donald Campbell (Pawtucket, RI) and Kyle Gonsalves (East Providence, RI), and the midfield was anchored by Koren Barrios (Pawtucket, RI) and Co-Captain Ivandro Pedrosa (Central Falls, RI).
Coach Toro was happy with the performance by the team. They came out firing and held this mentality throughout the game, continuing to look for goals. He hopes the Knights can continue this mentality as they take on Holyoke Community College on Sunday at 1pm in Lincoln. Come out and support your Knights!
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