Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The CCRI Knights Men’s Soccer team traveled to Portland, Maine on Sunday for a matchup with the Southern Maine Community College Sea Wolves. The Knights fought hard throughout the whole game and were rewarded with a draw for their efforts. The draw improves the teams record to 0-2-1 overall.
When the team arrived at the field, they were met by thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. After a short time, the weather subsided and the game was able to go on as planned. The Knights started the game very strong, dominating possession throughout the first half. Head Coach Gabe Toro and his staff have been working on the first touch and passing throughout the week of practices, and it showed in this game.
Having a large part of the possession gave the team a way to create attacking opportunities. Co-Captain Joshua Sandin (Warwick, RI), Christian Equizabal (Bilbao, Spain), and Ben Boahin (Portsmouth, RI) were continually attacking the Southern Maine defensive line. All three were able to create shots, forcing the Southern Maine goalkeeper into saves. Ivandro Pedrosa (Central Falls, RI) and James Puello (Cumberland, RI) were able to control the midfield together, helping to dispel any Southern Maine attacks and transition into offense very quickly. Working with the forwards Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI) and Tho Mith Chin (Battambang, Cambodia), the midfield was able to create many chances throughout both halves.
Defensively, the Knights were solid. The defense was involved all game, helping to shut down the Sea Wolves offense as much as possible. They were able to protect Jordan Lopez (Pawtucket, RI) in goal, who was getting his first start of the season and had a great performance before being forced out of the game due to injury. Coach Toro also noted the great performance by Danny Junior (Pawtucket, RI), who continues to show improvement with each game.
At the end of 90 minutes, the game went into two overtime periods tied 0-0. The Knights held strong defensively but were unable to find a winner. The game ended in a tie, which is a positive step and building block for the Knights moving forward. The Knights have a quick turnaround and play on Wednesday, September 14th at 1pm at CCRI’s Lincoln Campus.
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.