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Warwick, R.I. – September 18, 2016: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Springfield, MA to take on the American International College JV soccer team. The Knights went into the game looking for their first win on the season and were able to achieve their goal! The Knights won the game 2-1 in Springfield, leaving their record at 1-4-1 for the season.
Going into the game, the Knights were fired up. They were ready to turn the season around. As the game started, the Knights controlled possession. They were able to dominate the field and dictate play. Head Coach Gabe Toro thought this was when “the team as a whole looked the best so far this year.” He noted the offense was creating chances and the defense was keeping their shape, shutting down all attacks from AIC. As the first half ended, the only thing missing from the team was a goal. The chances were there for the team but they were unable to finish.
In the second half, AIC was able to get on the scoreboard first. Going down a goal only motivated the team more especially Captain Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI). Sandin was able to take the ball past multiple AIC defenders and take a shot from 20 yards out. The shot flew past the AIC Goalkeeper into the net, equalizing the game for the Knights. The Knights were not done yet though. About 10 minutes later, the Knights were awarded a penalty kick after Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) was taken down in the penalty box. Coach Toro trusted his captain to take the penalty kick, which Joshua Sandin (Warwick, RI) was able to put into the net, leading to a 2-1 victory for the Knights.
Coach Toro was very happy with the team after the victory. He recognized Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) and James Puello (Cumberland, RI), who both had solid games playing goalkeeper and defensive midfield respectively. He also noted that the tweaked formation for the team allowed Piotr Szewczyk (Warsaw, Poland), Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI), and Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI) to work together and all have good games.
The Knights will look to keep their winning ways going on Tuesday, September 20 th when they travel to Massachusetts again to take on Holyoke Community College.
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.