Lincoln, R.I. – September 3, 2016: The CCRI Knights soccer team welcomed the ASA College Avengers from Manhattan, NY to Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI for the team’s first home game of the season. The Knights unfortunately were unable to come out with the win, losing 3-1. The loss drops the Knights to 0-2 on the season.
The game was a tale of two halves for the Knights. In the first half ASA was able to jump out to an early lead. The Avengers scored just nine minutes into the game. Keeping this pace up, ASA College was able to score two more goals, putting the Knights down 3-0 going into halftime.
At halftime, Coach Gabe Toro was forced to make some lineup changes due to lingering injuries. Along with this, Coach Toro put emphasis on maintaining composure on the defensive end of the ball and being able to turn defense into offense. He also stated that the players would need to be much more physical going forward.
Listening to Coach Toro, the Knights were able to have a much more impressive second half. Both Ben Boahin (Portsmouth, RI) and Danny Junior (Pawtucket, RI) gave a strong performance at the back, stopping ASA from scoring any more goals. Defense also started the movement towards the lone goal scored by the Knights. Ben Boahin pushed up the left side carrying the ball forwards. After going by several defenders, Boahin reached the 18-yard box of the Avengers. Boahin was able to put in a good pass which found the feet of Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI). DiMaria was able to turn and slot the ball past the Avengers goalie into the bottom corner, finishing off a nice all around play by the Knights.
The game ended 3-1, but the Knights put on a promising display in the second half. There is a good foundation to build on going forward, and the Knights will look to use the momentum from this game on Thursday September, 8th in Boston when they travel to face Bunker Hill Community College for a Region XXI non-league game.
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.