The CCRI men’s soccer team surrendered three goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half to fall to Region XXI foe Massasoit Community College, 3-0, on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, the Knights fell to 2-8-1 on the season and 2-3-1 in Region XXI play.
CCRI came out playing its best half of the season against an offensive-minded Massasoit team. Head coach Gabe Toro made some adjustments in the lineup to increase ball possession and to create a more stable defensive foundation. In the opening half, the Knights’ back line of Brandon Iannelli (North Kingstown, RI), Chris Quinn (Cranston, RI), and Adam Coutu (Moosup, CT) all put in a great effort. CCRI and Massasoit took a 0-0 tie into the half.
However, the Knights weren’t able to sustain its intensity in the opening moments of the second half, allowing Joel Lobo, Massasoit’s leading scorer, to get in behind the defense all alone to make it a 1-0 game. Less than five minutes later, Massasoit was at it again. This time it was Pepe Vieira collecting the ball and burying it into the back of the net to give Massasoit a 2-0 lead. Manny Fortes added a goal in the 70th minute for the Warriors to make it 3-0.
“The team has the ability to be dangerous, but they’ve had trouble keeping it consistent throughout 90 minutes of play,” Toro said. “We continue to improve in this area, but hopefully we can keep the intensity and focus for 90 minutes in the next game of the season.”
The Knights will be back in action next Wednesday, when they travel to Bristol Community College for a 3:30 p.m. start.
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.