Warwick, R.I. – September 3, 2015: CCRI’s men’s soccer team played their second game of the season on Wednesday where they hosted the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College on the Lincoln Campus Field. The Knights played a tough fought game but failed to come away with the victory, taking a loss by the score of 2-1. The loss put the Knights at 1-1 on the year while dropping their Region XXI record to 0-1.
The Knights came out strong and took the first lead of the game with a goal from Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI). Sandin was assisted on the goal by sophomore Tri-Captain Nate DaCosta (Warwick, RI). The Knights had many other opportunities to score while they were up but failed to do so. The game took a huge turning point when the Knights lost arguably their two best defenders to injuries, one being sophomore Tri-Captain Brandon Iannelli (North Kingstown, RI). The team played well but after two defenders for the Knights were injured the defense took some time to readjust. The Knights faced the challenge of mid game adjustments of defense with players who don’t normally play on the back end. Bunker Hill did not waste the opportunity given to them and they were able to tie the game in the second half. Head Coach Gabe Toro said “The defense was not the same (after Iannelli went down) and some other key injuries in the middle field made it difficult for us to regain control we had in the first half.”
At the 40th minute mark, Bunker Hill was able to slip by the back line and score taking a 2-1 lead with little time left.
Coach Toro stated that “When we get a lead, teams need to be finished off by scoring and not wasting chances because teams find ways to stay in games and the longer they hang around, the more difficult it becomes to finish them off.” He also added that he saw many good things during this game from his team; they just need to capitalize on chances when they present themselves.
The Knights next game will be at home on Saturday September 3, 2015 as the second game of the daily double-header as the Lady Knights take on ASA at 12 pm. The Knights will face the ASA men’s team right after, around 2pm.
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.
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