Warwick, R.I. – October 26, 2017: The CCRI Men’s Soccer Team welcomed in the Fighting Saints from the College of St. Joseph’s on Wednesday. The Knights and Fighting Saints fought hard to a 0-0 draw in the rain. The draw brings the Knights record to 4-8-1 overall.
Before the game, the Knights honored six sophomores who would be playing in their final home game of their careers. Jordan Lopez (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Donald Campbell (Pawtucket, RI), James Puello (Cumberland, RI), Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI), Ivandro Pedrosa (Central Falls, RI), and Danny Junior (Pawtucket, RI) all took part and started in the game.
The Knights used the motivation from the final game for these players and started out strong. During the first minutes of the game, the Knights were pushing up the sidelines and through the middle of the field towards goal. Continuing to pressure up high saw Edmilo Goncalves (Praia, Cape Verde) one on one with the goalkeeper but he was unable to convert. The Knights then were able to win a penalty, which was taken by co-captain Ivandro Pedrosa, but he was unable to convert. The game started to go back and forth, and a penalty was given to the Fighting Saints. The Saints were unable to convert either, and the game remained tied at 0-0 going into halftime.
In the second half, both teams were pushing, but the Knights were on the front foot. The Knights continued to push and were able to win another penalty kick. Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) stepped up to take the penalty kick, but it was saved by the goalkeeper. Dante Turano(Westerly, RI) looked to pounce on the rebound but the goalkeeper was just able to get to it before Turano could shoot. The Knights continued to push but were unable to find a goal in the dying minutes. The game ended 0-0.
Head Coach Gabe Toro was happy with the effort put in by the team and felt the draw was deserved. He said, “If you do not put away your chances, you give other team life.” The Knights will look to rebound in their final game of their season against Region XXI rival Massasoit. The Knights need a win to move onto the playoff against Massasoit for the Division I title.
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