The CCRI men’s soccer team fell 6-3 to Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts yesterday afternoon, as the Knights surrendered four goals in the last 20 minutes of play after holding a 3-2 lead.
The Knights came out hungry for a win after falling to Massasoit 6-0 at home earlier this season. That intensity showed early in the game, as Clarence Early (Portsmouth, RI) and Abel Quiroa (Providence, RI) scored first half goals off of nice crosses into the box to give the Knights the lead.
In the second half, the Knights put Massasoit on the ropes when Freddy Korsah (Accra, Ghana) made a nice pass to Matt Bulmer (Dayville, CT), who took a few touches and blasted the ball to the back of the net.
The Knights found themselves up 3-2 with 20 minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, the Knights made some poor decisions protecting the ball and Massasoit capitalized on their opportunities. Trailing 4-3, CCRI was pressing to get the tying goal, leading to two late goals in the final minutes for Massasoit.
Head Coach Gabe Toro commented that sophomore captain Luis Navas (Pawtucket, RI) played another impressive game. “Our coaching staff is lucky to have him back for his second year,” Toro said. “He plays with incredible spirit and effort and always makes a big difference in all of our games. The captain has earned the respect of all his peers and coaching staff.”
The Knights will be back in action for Sophomore Day next Wednesday, as the men’s soccer team will host Bristol Community College at 3:30 p.m. in their last home game of the season.
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.