Knights Soccer Averted by Avengers
Warwick, R.I. – October 19, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's soccer team was forced to play at a neutral site due to poor field conditions. The Knights hosted the Avengers of ASA Brooklyn at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex, the home of Johnson & Wales University Athletics. The Knights started well, taking an early lead, but the quality of the Avenger front line shown and ASA would win the match 4-2. The loss drops CCRI's season record to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out to a turf surface, wind gusts and a temperature in the mid 40's. Nonetheless they came out hot scoring a mere 53 seconds into the game after Austin Degiacomo (Westerly, RI) made a great turn at the top of the box before tucking the ball away into the bottom left corner. Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal), Cheikh N'diaye (North Providence, RI) and Jonatan Alvarez (La Seu d'Urgell, Catalonia, Spain) did well for most of the first half in the midfield.
The Avengers came back with a vengeance and were up 3-1 at the half. In the second half the Knights started to lose their tempo and were not able to penetrate into the offensive third as much. Now playing into the wind, the Knights were forced to keep the ball on the ground and use short passes to progress forwards. Head Coach Gabe Toro made some changes, putting in Ibrahima Fall (Woonsocket, RI) and Takhy Aidara (Pawtucket, RI) to create chances going forward with the offense.
The Knights suffered another goal after a free kick was awarded to ASA. The Avengers took a shot that was saved by the Knights goalkeeper, Datyn Deasley (Warwick, RI). Despite the save, he could not hold onto the ball and the Knights did not react fast enough to clear the ball, so that put the Knights down 4-1. At the 71st minute Edmilo Goncalves (Praia, Cape Verde) put a through ball into Ibrahima Fall's path. Ibrahima did well in dribbling past the defender and placing the ball underneath the keeper's legs for the goal. The game would finish with a final score of CCRI 2, ASA 4
The next games for the Knights are scheduled for Monday the 22nd at Springfield Tech at 4pm but that game will most likely be cancelled. However, the Knights will host Massasoit Community College for a Region XXI league game Saturday the 27th in Lincoln at 1pm to try and stay alive for the postseason.
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.