The CCRI men's soccer team welcomed the Avengers of ASA College from New York, NY for their second game of the season. The Knights lost to the Avengers 6-0. With the loss the Knights fall to 0-2 on the season.
The Knights had a very tough start and were missing valuable pieces of their defense because of recent injuries this week left Head Coach Gabe Toro in the position to try new personnel in the back line that were not use to playing with each other. One key injury was to defender Adam Couto (Plainfield, CT). While the Knights were adjusting to their new lineup the ASA team was able to take advantage. The Knights also had to move certain midfielders out of position to fill defensive spots. The shift in positions definitely impacted the result of the game. The Avengers attacked with speed up top, sending balls over the top to forwards, making the game more of a 100 meter dash more than a soccer game. At half time the score was 6-0.
In the second half Coach Toro made some changes to the team to adjust their defensive shape. The Knights responded well to the adjustments and played a much better second half and were able to stop the high-scoring ASA team. During the game the Knights suffered another blow to the already scrambled lineup when in the second half Carlos Arancibia (North Providence, RI) was injured defending a corner kick.
The Knights next game will be Wednesday when they will host the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for their first Region XXI league game of the year at 4:00pm at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln.
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.