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Knights’ comeback falls short to Cougars 3-2
The CCRI Knights soccer team traveled to Manchester, CT to play the Cougars of Manchester Community College. The Knights lost to the Cougars 3-2. With the loss the Knights fall to 2-5 on the season and 2-3 in Region XXI play.
It turned into a dark rainy September afternoon. The Knights came out in the sloppy conditions lacking fire and hustle. The Cougars came out with fight and intensity. The conditions were not conducive to the Knights style of play. Manchester came out fighting, winning 50 /50 balls and out hustling the Knights all over the field. The Knights were not able to absorb this initial wave of determination and aggression demonstrated by the Cougars. At half time, the Knights were in a big hole down, 3-0.
The rain stopped at half time, as the Knights coaching staff addressed the team. The coaches demanded more fire, more fight and more intensity from the Knights. Head Coach Gabe Toro wanted the Knights to add intensity and passion to the play with the technical skillfulness that they possess. The Knights answered the call and scored two goals in the second half. Emmett Dixon (Central Falls, RI) was able to drive a volley off a pass from the corner to cut the lead to 3-1. Emmanuel Ridore’s (Warwick, RI) relentless pressure and pursuit paid dividends as he scored the second goal in the second half for the Knights making the score 3-2. The entire CCRI squad pushed up into the Cougars’ half of the field for the entire second half. “They looked like a different team, playing with heart and passion that was missing the first half and so far this season” commented Coach Toro. “If we had another 15 minutes on the clock, we would have scored another two goals” added Coach Toro. The entire coaching staff are looking forward to the players carrying on this intensity and fight to the rest of the games of the season. Mario Barrientos (Providence, RI) started the game for the Knights in the net but due to an injury was replaced by Zack Caron (Seekonk, MA). Both goal keepers performed well in the net.
The Knights travel to New Rochelle, NY this Saturday October 1st to play Monroe College at 6:30pm.