Warwick, R.I. – August 31, 2015: The CCRI men’s soccer team started the 2015 season on a high note. The Knights took the field at home on Sunday against Southern Maine Community College. The Knights played high level soccer all game and took care of business by the score of 4-0. The win put the Knights at 1-0 on the year and was just the start they were hoping for.
The first half of the game was a strong combination of strong defense and shaking the cobwebs off. The two teams battled hard and were looking to get their legs going but could not muster up any goals. The game went into halftime deadlocked at zero.
The Knights caught their wind at halftime though and came out much more focused in the second half. Freshman Michael Faria (West Warwick, RI) started the scoring in the second half when he fired a shot into the back of the net. Joshua Sandin (Warwick, RI) didn’t get an assist but he was able to break into the defense with his dribbling skills that set up the goal. The second goal came after Sophomore Casey Iannelli (North Kingstown, RI) made a run up the wing to cross the ball to Cyrus Wiefue (Providence, RI) who was able to finish with a quick strike. The third goal was scored unassisted by Sophomore Tri-Captain Nate Dacosta (Warwick, RI) when he fired a powerful shot past the Southern Maine goalkeeper. The final goal of the day was put in the net after Jonathan Almeida (Pawtucket, RI) ran down the right side and had a beautiful cross field pass to Jonathan Alvarez (Providence, RI) who tucked the ball into the upper corner of the net with accurate precision. Head Coach Gabe Toro said “That was one of the nicest goals he has seen in his years at the CCRI program.”
Sophomore goalie Tri-Captain Steven Zelepos (Stonington, CT) was outstanding for the Knight all game. Him and the Knights stone wall defense shutout the opposing team. Zelepos stayed in command of the game and did a great job quarterbacking his team from the net.
Coach Toro had this to say about the game “I was excited to see the players start this season we have several players returning for their second year and several talented freshman who joined us as well. I am looking forward to these players combining their experience and talent to make a good run at the Regional Championship.”
The Knights next game will be the Region XXI interdivisional showdown when they host Wednesday, September 2nd at 3:30pm against Bunker Hill Community College on the Lincoln Campus.
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.