10.10.12: The CCRI men's soccer team traveled to Brockton, MA on a rainy Wednesday to play the Warriors of Massasoit Community college for an important Region XXI Division I league game. The Knights and Warriors battled to a 0-0 tie. With the tie the Knights are now 5-6-1 overall and 5-1-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights were ready to win in their second game versus Massasoit after losing the first meeting of the season. The field was extremely muddy and some parts had hidden puddles of water that you did not see until you were in the middle of it. These conditions were not conducive to the Knights’ style of play. The conditions made it hard to pass the ball around effectively and slowed down the Knights game significantly.
The Knights had some good opportunities near the goal but were unable to put the ball away. Freddie Korsah (Accra, Ghana) and Jossiemar Caballero (Providence, RI) started off the game pushing the offense with the support of Co-Captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket, RI) and Servi Barrientos (Providence, RI). Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth, RI) returned from injury and provided a lot of creativity and passion in the midfield. The bench also contributed to this game, with Chris Fernandes (Cranston, RI) and Matthew Harkin (Foster, RI) came in to the game and were able to contribute to the physical game. Knights’ Head Coach Gabe Toro was impressed with the heart and determination that they brought to the game. Christopher Lopes (Pawtucket, RI) also came into the game and provided even more offensive attack. Lopes was able to push the ball up the wing and penetrate into the Massasoit defense to give the Knights scoring opportunities. Massasoit had a few chances as well. However, the back the Knights’ defense stood their ground with the leadership of Co-Captain Chris Munoz (Talcahuano, Chile) and Kyle Ferreira (Westerly, RI) with the help of Preston Kar (Providence, RI) and Ian Duncan (Barrington, RI) who all had solid games in the treacherous conditions. The Knights really needed the depth as Chris Munoz and Kyle Ferreira both had to come off with injuries: Ferreira in the first half and Cortez in the second. The Knights were able to hold their defensive line as they went into overtime. Derek Soares (Pawtucket, RI) was in goal for the Knights and he was able to stop any shots by players that came through the defense. Soares made two huge saves in the game when players broke through on breakaways. Overall, the team played hard and fought for every ball for the 90 minutes and through the two 10 minute overtime periods. The Knights gave it all and left it out in the field.
Coach Toro commented “I was happy to see this fight in our players. I knew they had it in them and now if the players believe they can continue to put it all together with their skills and team play and keep winning games from here on out.”
The next game for the Knights will be on next Wednesday when they travel to Fall River, MA to play the Bees of Bristol Community College at 4:00pm.
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