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Five Knights earn All-Region Soccer honors!
Though the CCRI Knights season ended on a sour note with a 6-8 record and 5-3 region record and not making it to the Region XXI championship they did recently receive some very good news with five of their players earning All-Region XXI honors. They were on the First Team: midfielder Manuel Alves (Pawtucket, RI), defender Chris Lopes (Pawtucket, RI) and midfielder Jerson Gomes (Pawtucket, RI) and Honorable Mention: goalkeeper Zach Caron (Seekonk, MA) and Michael Keegan (East Greenwich, RI).
Tri-Captain Manny Alves was tied for second on the Knights in scoring with three goals and four assists for 10 total points. Alves was a pivotal player in the midfield for the Knights orchestrating their offensive and defensive transitions. He was also took most of the Knights’ free kicks and set plays on the offensive end of the field. Above and beyond his play on the field he was looked to for leadership as a freshman captain.
Defender Chris Lopes added a goal and an assist for the Knights for three total points. He was not looked upon to score much from the defensive end. Most of Lopes contributions were defensively, whether it was going after 50/50 balls or positioning for a header lopes used his excellent athleticism to garner control of the ball and clear threats away on the defensive wing.
Midfielder Jerson Gomes was one of the Knights’ main scoring threats with two goals and five assists for nine total points. Gomes was often times on one end or another of many Knights’ scoring opportunities. He has an amazing feel for the ball and is able to deliver passes with force and with finesse when needed. Though not the biggest player he utilized his quickness to elide defenders and create scoring threats for the Knights.
Zach Caron was the Knights’ primary goalkeeper doing an excellent job in net allowing just 25 goals against in 11 games played in 975 minutes for an impressive 2.31 goals against average. Caron himself kept the Knights in many a game. Zach is very athletic and not afraid to make a move on an offensive player or the ball to make the save.
Michael Keegan was the sweeper and last line of defense before Caron. Keegan used his broad frame and size to muscle players out of the scoring area. Though large in stature Keegan possessed tremendous soccer skill and acumen which he used to cut down offensive players angles on the net and make scoring opportunities more difficult for Knights’ opponents. He was also the Knights’ vocal leader on the field keeping players in the game and making sure players were positioned correctly.