Warwick, R.I. – October 2, 2017: The CCRI men’s soccer team welcomes the Seawolves of Southern Maine Community College to the Lincoln campus on Saturday and went home with a 1-0 victory. The win brings the Knights’ record to 2-4 on the season.
The Knights came out of the gate firing. Within the first ten minutes, the looked to take control of the game. Keeping possession and spreading the field allowed the Knights to create chances early and often. The Knights continued to create chances throughout the first half but were unable to find the net for the majority of the half. The Knights continued to pus h until the 28th minute when Edmilo Goncalves (Praia, Cape Verde) found himself inside the 18-yard box and was able to fire home giving the Knights a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the Knights continued to be in control of the game. Their work from the training ground during the week showed, as their passing was crisp and accurate. The work on the training ground led to a victory on the field, as the Knights were trying to see out the victory. The passing helped to kill off the clock and help see the Knights to a 1-0 victory.
As a team, the Knights performed extremely well from back to front. Goalkeeper Jordan Lopez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) faced nine shots on goal and saved all nine. He earned his second win of the season. Defensively, the team was strong and did not allow a goal for the first time all year. Offensively, the Knights were able to create 19 shots, and put twelve of them on goal. Randy Kouadio (East Providence, RI) and James Puello (Cumberland, RI) led the team with three shots each. Although they only scored one goal, these are very encouraging signs, and head coach Gabe Toro was extremely happy with the results. He was “happy to see improvement in the team’s ability to reach the goal mouth, but now we just have to finish the chances.”
The Knights will look to continue their winning ways on Tuesday, October 3rd when they take on Massasoit in an important Region XXI league game at the Flanagan campus in Lincoln, RI at 4PM. Come out and support your Knights!
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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.