Warwick, R.I. – September 18, 2017: The CCRI Men’s Soccer Team invited the No. 14 ranked Avengers of ASA New York to Lincoln, Rhode Island for a tough division I matchups on Saturday. The Knights fought hard, but fell to the Avengers 4-0. The Knights’ record falls to 0-4 on the season after the loss.
The Knights came out with a lot of positive momentum, and were taking it to the Avengers. The Knights created a few chances in the opening minutes, building towards a goal. Unfortunately, the Knights were forced to make a change when goalkeeper Jordan Lopez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) was injured after a collision with an ASA player. The Knights put Jason Johnson-Morais (Cranston, RI) in net, moving him from right midfield as the Knights do not have a full time backup. Johnson-Morais played most of the first half before Lopez was able to return. ASA was able to score two goals in the first half, giving the Knights a 2-0 deficit at halftime.
At the beginning of the second half, the Knights gave up a penalty as the Avengers looked to add more pressure. Jordan Lopez was able to come up with a great save on the penalty, ranging to his right to make a two-handed stop. Unfortunately, the Avengers were quicker to react to the save and pounced on the rebound to make the score 3-0 in favor of ASA. The Knights continued to fight and put in a good shift. Towards the end of the half, the Knights looked as though they were regaining some momentum. There were crisper passes which led to more chances for the Knights. The great play resulted in a penalty kick awarded to the Knights. Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) stepped up to take the kick, but pushed it wide of the left post. The Knights were unable to convert any more chances, and fell 4-0 on the day. Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI) was a hard worker for the Knights. Playing the striker role, he was not afforded many chances to score, but did his best to pressure at each instance and made sure his presence was felt by the Avenger backline.
Head Coach Gabe Toro knows there is much to work on going forward, but was happy with the positive things he saw from the team on Saturday. He noted the need to work on “increasing simplicity in the style of play and improve consistency of play.” He plays to get the team working on this in the upcoming days before their next match.
The next match is on Wednesday at 4PM as they travel to Holyoke, MA to take on region rivals Holyoke CC.
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