The CCRI men’s soccer team edged American International College’s junior varsity team, 3-1, Friday afternoon at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. With the win, the Knights improved to 5-8-1 overall and remained 4-3-1 in Region XXI play.
The Yellow Jackets got the Knights off its game in the opening minutes of the first half, resulting in multiple yellow cards being assessed to CCRI for retaliation fouls. AIC capitalized off of CCRI’s lack of composure in the 12th minute, as the Yellow Jackets were able to find the back of the net to make it 1-0.
After CCRI got back to playing its game, the momentum began to swing in the Knights’ favor. A series of passes in the midfield resulted in a great ball in to Andrea Negri (Bolzano, Italy), who found Evan Gaudreau (Jamestown, RI) for an easy tap-in goal, tying the game 1-1 before the half.
In the 65th minute, David Moreno (Warwick, RI) scored his first goal of the season to give the Knights a 2-1 lead, following some great work from Jean Arenas (Cranston, RI) to break through AIC’s defense. Just less than 20 minutes later, Jossiemar Caballero (Johnston, RI) headed a pass from Sindio Freitas (Cape Verde) past an oncoming goalkeeper to give the Knights some insurance.
Head coach Gabe Toro commented that Adam Coutu (Moosup, CT) played another excellent game on defense for the Knights. “Adam was able to come out of the back with great vision and poise,” Toro said. “I’ve enjoyed watching him play this year and I enjoy watching him grow as a player.”
The Knights were able to escape with a 3-1 win, but they weren’t able to escape injury-free. Goalkeeper Steve Zelepos (Stonington, CT) suffered a broken nose in the middle of the game, after putting in some solid work in net. Before being forced out of the game, Zelepos stopped seven of the eight shots that he faced.
The Knights will now gear up for the Region XXI championship game, which will be played at Massasoit Community College on Saturday at 1pm.
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.