Warwick, R.I. – October 23, 2017: The CCRI Men’s Soccer Team welcomed in the Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a Region XXI battle on Sunday afternoon. The Knights found their feet and won the game 9-1, improving their record to 4-8 and 2-2 in Region XXI.
The Knights acme out of the gates pressuring. The Cougars were playing down two men as they have had injury problems, but wanted to see out the season. The Knights were able to take advantage of what was given to them. Spreading the field was Jasson Johnson-Morais (Cranston, RI), who was able to provide service to the strikers, and did it early and often. Johnson-Morais was able to cross to Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI), who scored the first goal about 15 minutes into the game. Johnson-Morais assisted on the second goal of the game when he passed to Jorge Castro (Lincoln, RI) who finished calmly. Holyoke was able to pull one back a few minutes later when they scored a great free kick from about 40 yards out. Kyle Gonsalves (East Providence, RI) pressed forward towards the end of the half and rocketed his shot into the top right corner to give the Knights a 3-1 lead at halftime.
The second half of much of the same for the Knights, who kept the pressure on. Johnson-Morais turned from assister to goal scorer after a great pass from Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) to put him in on net. Jorge Castro sent Co-Captain Ivandro Pedrosa (Central Falls, RI) through, who also was able to slot home. Castro notched another assist after he bolted down the right side and fired a low cross to Cameron DiMaria who was able to poke home. The Knights substitutes came on and scored three more goals, two by Koren Barrios(Pawtucket, RI) who was making great runs in his time on the field, putting in a great individual effort. Randy Kouadio (East Providence, RI) found himself in the right place at the right time and fired home on a rebound with one minute remaining. The Knights saw out the rest of the game for a 9-1 win.
Head Coach Gabe Toro was happy with the team’s performance, and was happy to see them play well regardless of the circumstances. The Knights have a quick turnaround and will play on Wednesday against the College of St. Joseph on Wednesday. This will be the sophomore day for the Knights. Come out and support the sophomores in their final home game and the rest of the team!
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