The CCRI Knights’ men’s soccer team welcomed the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln Thursday for a Region XXI non-conference match. The Knights defeated the Rams 9-2. With the victory the Knights improve to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in Region XXI play.
The Knights were coming off a tough Region XXI conference loss against Dean College on Tuesday. The Knights used that disappointment to fuel the intensity they needed for this game. That intensity manifested itself just three minutes into the game when sophomore Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI) quickly got the Knights on the scoreboard when he received a pass from Adam Corey (North Kingstown, RI) and got his shot off immediately before taking an extra touch to give CCRI a 1-0 lead. Head Coach Gabe Toro had instructed his players “Get off everything earlier, including shots and passes so we can become more dangerous.” Duarte listened to that message and was able to get his shot off before the goalie had time to get set. Unfortunately, after the goal the Knights became lethargic and stopped working. As a result Springfield Tech was able to score two goals on the Knights within two minutes making the score 2-1 Springfield Tech. The Knights, however, recovered quickly as Tri-Captain Luis Navas (Pawtucket, RI) scored on a free kick just outside the 18 yard box and followed that with another unassisted shot on net for back-to-back goals within a minute to give the Knights a 3-2 lead. From there Corey and Duarte connected again for the Knights’ 4th goal making the score 4-2. On the goal Duarte floated a fantastic ball from about 45 yards out over the Rams’ goalkeeper when he saw him off his line. Navas then assisted Christopher Quinn (Cranston, RI) for the Knights’ 5th goal. The 6th goal was scored on a header by Junior Robert (Providence, RI) after he received a crossing pass from Justin Kue (West Warwick, RI). The final goal of the half was scored right before the half by Adam Corey after the Springfield Tech goalkeeper grabbed the ball outside the box with his hands which resulted in a free-kick. Possibly the quickest free kick ever taken as the Ram’s goalie put the ball in Corey’s hands and he got the shot off as the keeper back peddled towards the net, basically giving Corey the shot into an open net. That goal gave the Knights a 7-2 Halftime lead.
At half time Coach Toro instructed the Knights to move the ball around and work on their consecutive passes with the entire team. The Knights need to continue to improve and become more efficient in keeping possession. The Knights went out to finish the game and were able to work on their passing and decision making skills. Coach Toro wanted them to minimize individual touches and increase possession over the entire field, utilizing all the players including Tri-Captain goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI). Before the end of the game the knights scored twice more as Junior Robert assisted Matt Bulmer (Dayville, CT) with a cross the Matt was able to put away for the 8th goal and Luis Duarte scored his third goal of that day giving him a hat trick and Knights’ ninth goal. The Knights went on to win 9-2.
Coach Toro commented after the game “We need to take this positive energy into the double header this upcoming weekend.”
The Knights travel to New Rochelle, NY to play Monroe College on Saturday 7:00pm and Mercer County CC on Sunday art 12noon.
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.