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Knights Fall to Massasoit in Season Finale


Austin Degiacomo

Austin Degiacomo

Warwick, R.I. – October 29, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's soccer team faced a must win situation to extend their 2018 season. The Knights took to their field against the Warriors of Massasoit Community College. CCRI came out hot, but Massasoit battled back and eventually took the game and the Region XXI DI Title. The loss finishes the Knights season, resulting in a 2-8-1 overall record and 1-4 in Region XXI play.

The final match of the season was also Sophomore Day for the Knights. CCRI recognized five Sophomores; co-captain Dante Turano (Westerly, RI), co-captain Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal), Jonatan Alvarez (La Seu d'Urgell, Catalonia, Spain), Edmilo Goncalves (Praia, Cape Verde) and Randy Kouadio (East Providence, RI) represented the CCRI Knights soccer class of 2018.

The Knights started well, taking advantage of the still somewhat sloppy pitch and pushing from the front foot, CCRI scored twice in less than a minute to take the 2-0 lead eight minutes in. The first came off the man in form, Austin Degiacomo (Westerly, RI) in the eighth minute, his second in as many games. 38 seconds later, Prince Sawyer (Pawtucket, RI) blasted his shot past the keeper scoring his second goal of the season.

The Warriors would come back, with Devondre Armstrong scoring a first half hat-trick taking the 3-2 lead. Charlie Swann scored the fourth goal in the 34th minute making the score 4-2 in the Warriors' favor. The Knights would stand their ground for 40 plus minutes until in the 79th minute the fifth and final goal was scored by Massasoit's Leon Zaffonato.

Head Coach Gabe Toro said that Mouhamadou Diouf and Jacob Leander (West Warwick, RI) were true warriors and fought with heart today. These players left it all out on the field. Juan Gonzalez (Providence, RI), the Knights goalkeeper also had a great game, making some excellent saves throughout the game and finishing with 12 saves in the game. For next year, Coach Toro is hoping all these freshmen come back with an eagerness to learn and have the same fight and heart displayed in this last game of the season.

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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.