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Knights Tripped By Tribunes In Away Loss


Isnaba Namusse

Isnaba Namusse

Warwick, R.I. – September 23, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team travelled Rochester, New York to take on the Tribunes of Monroe Community College (MCC). The Knights held strong through 45 minutes but the Tribunes pulled away in the second half to take a 4-0 victory. The loss drops CCRI’s season record to 2-4-1 overall and 1-2-1 in Region XXI play.

The last weekend of summer packed a punch as on field temperatures reached just shy of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The Tribunes brought their own heat with their brand of high pressure and high tempo play. The CCRI backline of sophomores Anthony Serluca (Westerly, RI) and co-captain Jacob Leander (West Warwick, RI) along with freshmen Isnaba Namusse (Pawtucket, RI) and Buba Joof (Woonsocket, RI) held strong and held MCC at bay for much of the first 45 minutes.

MCC’s Eric Longhorn were able to break the deadlock in the 36th minute off a favorable bounce that beat CCRI keeper, freshman Ednilson Tavares (Pawtucket, RI). Tavares played well, going the full 90 minutes facing 23 shots on goal and accruing 19 saves.

Fatigue began to set in during the second half and the Tribunes were able to capitalize, scoring in the 50th minute to double their lead off the boot of Anthony Short. On the opposite side of the pitch, The Knights only managed two shots on target with supply being the main culprit. The midfield was not able to provide service to sophomore Cornelius Tay (Monrovia, Liberia) and freshman Paul Sayles Perez (Westerly, RI), who were playing the forward position for the Knights. The Tribunes effectively clogged the midfield and pressed the central players for the Knights, causing problems in possession.

Monroe struck again scoring their third and fourth goals in the 66th and 68th minutes respectively. Alexsi Ortiz tallied his first of the game followed by the second goal of the day for Anthony Short. Monroe held tight for the remainder of the game and the final score read CCRI 0, Monroe CC 4

The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team will next be in action with a weekend home double header against the Southern Maine Community College Mustangs on Saturday, September 28th at 3 p.m. and then again on Sunday, September 29th at 1 p.m. against the ASA Brooklyn Avengers.

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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.