Warwick, R.I. – October 17, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Soccer team took on Springfield Tech at 4PM on Monday in Lincoln, RI. The Knights fought long and hard throughout regulation and into overtime. After a long battle, the knights took the loss on a golden goal scored by Springfield Tech. The game ended with a final score of 2-1. With the loss, the Knights fall to 3-8-1 overall and 1-4 in Region XXI play.
The Knights have been playing good soccer as of late, but were recently hit with the injury bug. Head Coach Gabe Toro noted he had “trouble filling out the starting lineup with healthy bodies.” Many players had to play out of position or play multiple positions throughout the game. The versatility of the Knights gave them a good opportunity to win the game. In the first half, both teams fought hard. The teams created multiple chances, but neither was able to score, and the half ended at 0-0.
Early in the second half, Springfield Tech broke the deadlock. As the Knights were threatening in the Springfield Tech half, the ball was sent long on a clearance. The speedy Springfield Tech forward Joao Soares was able to latch onto the loose ball and slot in past Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) in net, putting the Knights down 1-0. After the goal, the Knights found a new sense of motivation. The Knights continued to add on pressure onto the Rams. Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) worked relentlessly to pressure the Springfield Tech defenders and midfielders to win the ball back. After Courtney won the ball back on one possession, he passed to Ivandro Pedrosa (Central Falls, RI) on the wing. Pedrosa was able to take on two defenders and find Ibraheem Aborishade (Lagos, Nigeria) in the box. Aborishade kept his composure and was able to slot the ball into the bottom corner to tie the game. After 20 more minutes of pressure from the Knights, regulation ended at 1-1.
As the extra time period starter, the Knights and Rams traded chances. Both teams
had multiple chances in the first five minutes of the period to end the game. With
about two minutes left in the first period of extra time, Joao Soares struck again
and was able to latch onto a through ball and beat a Knights defender. He was able
to slot past Christian Ellerbe who was unable to come up with the save, and the knights lost 2-1. Ellerbe had a great game in net, earning praise from Coach Toro who said he was “probably the player of the game” for the Knights.
The Knights will look to turn around their bad luck on Sunday, October 23 rd when they take on the Tigers of Roxbury Community College at home at 1pm. Come out and support the Knights!
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