Warwick, R.I. – October 2, 2017: The CCRI men’s soccer team welcomed the Warriors of Massasoit Community College to the Lincoln Campus for a Region XXI battle. The Knights lost the affair 4-3 after a wild game, dropping their record to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in region play.
The Knights and Warriors both started the game with an attacking style. Both teams were pushing for the first goal of the game looking to set the tone. The Knights unfortunately were not able to find it, and found themselves in a 2-0 hole after two mental mistakes. After going down 2-0, Head Coach Gabe Toro brought on Cornelius Tay (Providence, RI), who had an immediate impact. After combining with fellow substitute Jason De Pina (Central Falls, RI), Tay found himself alone in the 18-yard box and was able to convert, bringing the score to 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half, Tay continued where he left off. After a long ball sent in by Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) put the goalkeeper in an awkward position, Tay’s tenacity and continued pressure allowed him to poke the ball around the goalkeeper and off the post into the goal, tying the game at 2-2. After a free kick goal scored by Massasoit, the Knights pressured directly off the kickoff. Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI) pushed through and won the ball in the final third, and passed back to Mouhamadou Diouf. Diouf took a one timer and buried the shot into the near post, tying the game at 3-3. The Knights continued to push hard but Massasoit was able to convert on a corner kick which resulted in a lofting header over goalkeeper Jordan Lopez’s (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) head into the back of the net, setting the final score at 4-3.
Coach Toro was extremely happy with the team’s performance. He noted the defense was great with Donald Campbell (Pawtucket, RI), Dante Turano (Westerly, RI), and Kyle Gonsalves (East Providence, RI) all playing great games. He was also happy with the way the team showed passion and grit throughout the game. He is excited to see the team’s performance in the next game.
Over the weekend, the Knights will travel to Rochester, New York to take on the Tribunes of Monroe Community College on October 7th as part of the Tribunes’ Alumni Weekend celebration.
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