Knights Fall to Avengers at Home
Warwick, R.I. – September 30, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the ASA Brooklyn Avengers on Sunday afternoon. ASA took a two-goal advantage past 80 minutes, yet the Knights would not quite, scoring with five minutes remaining. CCRI threatened down the stretch but could not equalize and would lose the game 2-1. The loss drops CCRI’s season record to 2-6-1 overall and 1-2-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights played the second game of the weekend today after playing Saturday against Southern Maine Community College. Head Coach Gabe Toro was forced to rotate players especially with another game this upcoming Tuesday against Massasoit Community College. The Avengers played Massasoit on Saturday, so they were also coming off a doubleheader weekend.
The Knights came out with a central midfield pairing of freshmen Joshua Pineda Rodriguez (Pawtucket, RI) and Lucas Patrone (Johnston, RI) who was coming back from an ankle injury. Freshman Ednilson Tavares (Pawtucket, RI) was the Knights goalkeeper today and freshman Isnaba Namusse (Pawtucket, RI) led the defense in the back. Freshman Rodry Alves (Pawtucket, RI) filled in for the injured sophomore co-captain Jake Leander (West Warwick, RI) along side Namusse.
The game was tight, back and forth throughout. ASA broke the deadlock in the 16th minute to take a 1-0 lead. This score line stood for 50 minutes until they doubled the lead in the 65th minute. The Knights were playing well, but struggling the break the defensive line set by ASA. Ednilson Tavares tallied seven save in net for the Knights and the four stood in front of him absorbed many of the ASA attacks.
CCRI looked to have scored after sophomore Anthony Serluca (Westerly, RI) knocked a free kick off the bar that was later headed in by freshman Adelmo Intrieri (Westerly, RI. The goal was called back by the assistant referee who had flagged for offside. The Knights successfully cut the deficit in half in the 85th minute as sophomore Delpio Alves (East Providence, RI) launched the ball into the top corner.
CCRI pushed hard but could not score a second goal and would lose the game 2-1.
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team will next be in action on Tuesday, October 1st at 4:00 p.m. as they host Region XXI rivals in Massasoit Community College Warriors at the CCRI Soccer Complex.
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