Warwick, R.I. – October 13, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Soccer Team traveled to Fall River, Massachusetts to take on Bristol Community College on Wednesday, October 12th. The Knights fell into a quick hole in the first 20 minutes, and had to fight out of it all game. The Knights were unable to overcome the deficit, losing with a final score of 4-2. With the loss the Knights fall to 3-7-1 and 1-3 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came into the game flat. They were not locating passes and were unable to keep possession. This led to Bristol scoring two quick goals in the first 20 minutes. Towards the end of the half, the Bayhawks scored a third goal, leaving the Knights down 3 goals going into the half. With the score 3-0 at halftime, Head Coach Gabe Toro told every player they needed to be ready to go all out with full intensity in the second half.
At the start of the second half, Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI) and Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) brought the intensity to start the half. Sandin had suffered an injury in the first half but fought through to make an impact on the game. Sandin was able to push the ball forward and put the ball into the box. Ibraheem Aborishade (Lagos, Nigeria) found the loose ball and was able to volley the ball into the back of the net. Towards the end of the game, Aborishade chased down an errant back pass to the Bayhawks’ keeper, and was able to poke the ball past the goalkeeper into the net. The last minute effort was great to see, but the Knights fell short with a final score of 4-2.
Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) and Jordan Lopez (Pawtucket, RI) played the first and second halves of the game in net respectively. Both were able to come up with big saves to keep the Knights in the game. The defense put in a good shift as well, making plays to stop the Bristol attack. At the end of the game, Coach Toro looked down at the bench and “saw one healthy player and eight who could not go with injuries.” The coaching staff decided to give the team and extended rest after the game, and it is well deserved and needed for the Knights.
The Men’s Soccer Team will play on Monday, October 17th at 4:00pm home against Springfield Tech. Come out and support your Knights!
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