Four Knights Earn All-Region Honors!
Warwick, R.I. – November 14, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's soccer team had four members of the team receive Region XXI All-Region Honors for their performances throughout the 2018 season. Those being recognized are freshman goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez (Providence, RI), freshman forward Prince Sawyer (Pawtucket, RI), freshman Jacob Leander (West Warwick, RI) and sophomore co-captain Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal).
A good leader and absolute warrior, sophomore co-captain Mouhamadou Diouf was a key to the center of the Knights soccer team. Playing in the holding role, box to box and attacking midfield roles throughout the season, Mouhamadou Diouf would go where the team needed him most. Often used to solidify the defense, placed on the opponents most dangerous player, Diouf would battle to win the ball then run at the defenders and create key chances going forward. Strong both in the air and on the ground, the all-rounder was always a presence in the middle of the park. Diouf scored a solitary goal in his 10 appearances but it was his defensive attributes that made him indispensable to the CCRI squad.
A rock at the center of defense, Jacob Leander started all 14 games at center back for the Knights. Quick to battle and with great composure, Leander would often sweep up the pieces of an opponent's attack and look to create chance going forward. Also showing some quality in the final third, Jacob was often the first choice to serve the ball into the box from free kicks, providing attacking opportunities for the forwards and midfielders. His leadership and playing ability will be a great tool for the coaching staff in the next campaign.
Primarily playing on the left flank, freshman forward Prince Sawyer saw great success taking his man on and getting to goal. Sawyer recorded five points on the season with two goals and on assist in 10 appearances. Sawyer's game was that of creativity but especially accuracy. He recorded a .400 shot on goal percentage throughout the season, peppering the opponents goal. This attribute will be valued as Sawyer continues his CCRI career.
Playing in eight games with seven of those starts, freshman goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez performed well for the Knights. Registering a total of 74 saves on the season and averaging a .779 save percentage the CCRI shot stopper helped keep the Knights in almost every game. Gonzalez added one shutout for good measure in his inaugural season with the Knights men's soccer team.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.