Warwick, R.I. – August 31, 2016: The CCRI Knights Men’s Soccer team opened up their season by traveling to Selden, NY to play the Sharks of Suffolk County on Wednesday, who are ranked #6 nationally in the NJCAA Division III poll. The Knights took a tough loss in the game, falling to the Sharks 9-0. The loss leaves the Knights at 0-1 overall on the season and 0-0 in Region XXI.
The Knights got off to a slow start in the game after a tough travel experience. The usually short trip turned into a much longer one after the team hit traffic on the way. The lack of warm up and preparation time caused the team to start off on the back foot. After quick goal by Suffolk after 10 minutes, the Knights were able to sure up their defense for most of the first half. Towards the end of the half, the Knights conceded a second goal, causing them to go into the half down by two goals.
In the second half, the Sharks picked up where they left off, scoring seven more goals before the game ended. Although the scoreboard did not show it, there was a valiant effort put on by the Knights. Goalkeeper Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) had a great game making 16 saves on 25 shots faced. As well as this, the Knights saw positivity from the offense. Joshua Sandin (Warwick, RI) and Ivandro Pedrosa (Central Falls, RI) were able to jump start the attack on many occasions. Working together with the other midfielders, the team was able to push forward and put pressure on the Suffolk County defense, resulting in multiple shots, which the team was unable to convert.
After the game, Coach Gabe Toro commended the team on their effort and advised them to “trust the system and not depend on individuals to take on all of the responsibility.”
Coach Toro and the Knights look to turn a new page on Saturday September 3, when the face ASA College at 2pm in Lincoln, RI for their home opener.
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.