Warwick, R.I. – October 13, 2017: The CCRI men’s soccer team welcomed the Bayhawks of Bristol Community College to the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln for a Region XXI battle on Thursday. The Knights fell in a close game 3-2, dropping their record to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out of the gates flying, putting pressure on the Bayhawks backline early. Just three minutes into the game, Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI) was able to find the back of the net, giving the Knights an early 1-0 lead. The goal seemed to kick the Bayhawks into gear and they started to pressure the Knights. Jasson Johnson-Morais (Cranston, RI) filling in at goalkeeper for the injured Jordan Lopez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), made saves to keep the Knights on top. Bristol continued to push until they were able to find the breakthrough with 20 minutes left in the first half. In the closing minutes of the first half, Ivandro Pedrosa(Central Falls, RI) put a great chipped through ball into James Puello’s (Cumberland, RI) feet, giving him a clear shot on goal which he put away. The Knights went into halftime leading 2-1.
In the second half, the game went back and forth. Both teams were able to create chances and had opportunities to score. Bristol was able to capitalize on these chances, as they put two past the Knights in the second half and went up 3-2. The Knights continued to push throughout the second half, looking for the equalizing goal. Unable to find it, they fell with a final score of 3-2.
Head Coach Gabe Toro thought the team fought hard and was unhappy they could not come up with the victory. Bristol has been ranked as high as No. 8 this year in the national polls, making for a tough challenge. He praised Jasson Johnson-Morais, going into net and playing a great game when he is a natural outfield and attacking player.
The Knights will look to get their third win on Saturday, as they take on Essex County at 1:30PM on Saturday. The Women’s Soccer team has its’ sophomore day directly before with a game starting at 11AM. Come out and support both teams!
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.
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