Warwick, R.I. – September 25, 2017: The CCRI Knights welcome the Granite of Quincy College to the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI for a men’s soccer match on Saturday. The Knights earned the first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Quincy to improve their record to 1-4 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out pressuring early. The pressure backfired as the Knights gave up the first goal 11 minutes into the game, putting them down 1-0. This was a familiar position for the Knights, who have shown resilience in recent games. The resilience showed again when James Puello (Cumberland, RI) was able to slot Cameron DiMaria (Coventry, RI) through on net, and DiMaria calmly finished. The sophomores combined to knot the game at 1-1 heading into halftime.
At halftime, Head Coach Gabe Toro and his staff made some changes to the lineup and told the players to be hungrier and continue the pressure they put on in the first half. The changes paid off as Danny Junior (Pawtucket, RI), a defender by trade, was put in a forward position. Junior pressured the goalkeeper and was able to force a mistake which led to the ball bouncing of Junior and into the back of the net. The Knights took a 2-1 lead and continued to pressure. Cameron DiMaria was able to score again off of a great pass by Randy Kouadio (East Providence, RI). The Knights closed out the game and took their first victory of the season 3-1.
Coach Toro was happy with the response from the team after going down 1-0. He felt the team fought hard and the changes in the second half led them to victory. He still wants the team to be more efficient in the final third and finishing chances but is happy with the progress the team made. The Knights will travel to New Jersey on Tuesday to take on Essex County.
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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.