Warwick, R.I. – September 11, 2017: The CCRI Knights welcomed the Yellow Jackets of American International College to Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI on Sunday. The Knights lost in a hard fought game 4-2. The loss drops the Knights’ record to 0-3.
The Knights came out of the gate with an aggressive mindset. They knew they needed to get out in front of AIC in order to control the game. Unfortunately, the game plan did not come to fruition as AIC was able to take a lead early in the game. The Yellow Jackets were able to convert on a header from a perfect cross to the back post. AIC continued to pressure and was able to score one more goal before halftime, giving the Knights a 0-2 deficit closing in on the break. The Knights continued to pressure up high, and Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI) was able to for the AIC goalkeeper into a mistake, and forcing a loose ball in front of net. Edmilo Goncalves (Praia, Cape Verde) was able to pounce on the loose ball, and bring one back for the Knights. At halftime, the Knights trailed 2-1.
The Knights continued their pressure in the second half. Early in the half, after pressuring up the field and stealing the ball, Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) and Cornelius Tay (Providence, RI) combined to find the back of the net. Tay was able to fire home after a Diouf’s great work to get him in on goal. The Knights continued to pressure, but fell behind 4-2 after two quick goals by AIC. Later in the half, freshmen Koren Barrios (Pawtucket, RI) cut into the box and was taken down, resulting in a penalty kick for the Knights. James Puello (Cumberland, RI) stepped up and took a great penalty to the bottom left corner, but a great save was made by the AIC goalkeeper, keeping the score at 4-2. The Knights continued to pressure, but were unable to come up with another goal, and the game ended 4-2.
Head Coach Gabe Toro was not happy with the result, but happy with the resilience the team showed. After going down 2-0, the Knights continued to fight and found their way back into the game. The Knights looked like a team whose desire was to win the game, and never gave up. He liked the “improvement in the overall team morale and how they played as a unit today.”
The Knights will look to grab their first win of the season against ASA New York on Saturday, September 16th. The game starts at 3:00PM. Come out and support your Knights!
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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.