Warwick, R.I. – October 5, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Soccer Team took on Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA on Tuesday. This is a rivalry game for the Knights and will give bragging rights in the region for NJCAA Division I soccer. The knights put up a good battle but lost 3-1 to the surging Warriors.
Head Coach Gabe Toro believed the Knights were poised to have a good game after the great showing against Monroe Community College on Saturday. The Knights came out strong in the first half. As the game started, the Knights controlled some possession and were able to get into the attacking third. Unfortunately, the Warriors of Massasoit were able to strike first 10 minutes into the game. About 20 minutes later, Massasoit earned a penalty kick after one of their players was taken down in the box. Massasoit was able to capitalize on the penalty kick and go ahead 2-0 30 minutes into the game.
Being down 2-0, the Knights were able to find a new motivation and score quickly after the second Massasoit goal. Just one minute later, the Knights took their opportunity when Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) was able to break down the right side of the field and found space to pick out a cross, which found Ibraheem Aborishade (Lagos, Nigeria) in the middle. Aborishade was able to one time the ball into the back of the net. The score stayed at 2-1 going into halftime.
After halftime, the knights continued to create chances. Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI) took a free kick that hit the crossbar. Kenny Andrade-Gomes (Spain) continued to push up from defense and create chances for the Knights, who were unable to finish. This has been a recurring theme for the Knights this season. The Knights gave up another goal before the end of the game and Massasoit won with a final score of 3-1.
Coach Toro praised Benjamin Boahin (Portsmouth, RI) and Christian Equizabal (Bilbao, Spain) who had to play through injury. He thought they did well for not being 100%. The intensity of Massasoit outmatched the intensity of the Knights this time. The Knights will look to bounce back on Saturday, October 8th, as they take on Essex County College at home at 2pm.
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