The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Bees of Bristol Community College from Fall River, MA on Wednesday for a Region XXI non-conference game at the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln. The Knights defeated the Bees 5-1. With the victory the Knights improve to 3-9 overall and 3-4 in Region XXI play.
Wednesday was Sophomore Day for the five Knights playing in their last home game for CCRI. The sophomores were: Tri-Captain Robert Gallucci (Coventry, RI), Freddie Korsah (Accra, Ghana), Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI), Tri-Captain Luis Navas (Pawtucket, RI) and Tri-Captain Chris Fernandes (Cranston, RI) all celebrated their second year of being a Knight today in Lincoln. The Coaching staff is very thankful for all the sophomores' effort and dedication to being a student athlete. Head Coach Gabe Toro commented “I know the sacrifice and discipline it takes to be a student athlete and I am proud of the young men who finish what they started.” The Knights were honored in a ceremony before the start of the game.
The day started with Adam Corey (North Kingstown, RI) scoring an unassisted goal 17 minutes into the game. After his initial effort was stopped by the goalie, Corey was persistent and ended up getting the goal to put the Knights up 1-0. Corey later assisted Luis Duarte and Abel Quiroa (Providence, RI) for two more CCRI goals making the score 3-0 CCRI by halftime. Coach Toro commented: “Luis Duarte had a great game today, getting his shot off quickly to test the Bristol goalkeeper.”
In the second half, Duarte received a pass from Jean Arenas (Cranston, RI) at the top of the box. He turned and fired off a shot passed the Bristol goaltender. The Knights suffered a goal in the second half, making the score 4-1.However, the Knights answered with a goal of their own from freshman defender Samson Olowoporoku (Osun-State Nigeria). Olowoporoku received a nice pass from Chris Fernandes in the area and placed it in the back of the net with confidence. The final score was 5-1 and the Knights were able to give all the sophomores a win for their big day.
The Knights gear-up to play against this weekend against Region XXI conference rival Dean College in Franklin, MA at 12:00pm for their final conference game.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.