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Knights fall 1-0 to AIC in final game
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Bees of American College for the final game of the 2012 season. The Knights lost a hard-fought battle with the Bees 1-0. With the Loss the Knights’ season ends with a 5-8-1 record. In addition, Wednesday’s game was also Sophomore day for seven sophomores who played their final game for the Knights soccer program: Derek Soares (Pawtucket, RI), Chris Lopes (Pawtucket, RI), Co-Captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket, RI), Servi Barrientos (Providence, RI), Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth, RI), Kyle Ferreira (Westerly, RI), and Co-Captain Chis Munoz-Cortez (Talcahuano, Chile). Head Coach Gabe Toro commented “I, along with my staff, want to thank our sophomores for their one or two years playing for the Knights and we wish all of them the best of luck in their future endeavors both on and of the soccer pitch. They have represented the CCRI Soccer program in an admirable fashion over the past two years.” In addition to Sophomore Day, the Knights were also wearing their Pink Breast Cancer Awareness uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Coach Toro later commented “the last game of the season is always a difficult endeavor when we know we will not making the playoffs, but our young men came out and played hard despite of that fact.” The knights had several starters out with injury which allowed for other players to step-up in their place and fill their positions. Some players who filled in included: James Meehan (Pawtucket, RI), Matthew Harkin (Foster, RI), and Lionel Salinas (Central Falls, RI). Sophomore Derek Soares got the start in net for the Knights and was relieved by Freshman Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI) in the second half.
As a team the Knights played well through the back two thirds of the field but were unable to convert that into any scoring opportunities in the final third of the field. This helped lead to a scoreless first half with both teams going into the break 0-0.
With the teams deadlocked in the second half, the tension kept mounting with both teams trying to get on the board to get a go-ahead goal. With about 25 minute left in the game AIC was able to convert on a scramble in front of the Knights’ net to take a 1-0 lead. The Knights battle and tried to tie the game in the final minutes but were unable and lost by the final tally of 1-0.
Coach Toro added after the game “I enjoyed working with all of these young gentlemen throughout the season and I am very pleased with the progress and improvement that they all made throughout the season and we look forward to the freshmen continuing their improvement when they return to play for the Knights next year.”
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.