09.05.12: The CCRI men's soccer team welcomed the Region XXI Cougars of Manchester Community College Cougars to Lincoln for a non-league game. The knights defeated the Cougars 4-1. With the victory the Knights improve to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
After two days of rain, the stormy skies opened up to let the sun shine through for the Knights’ game. The Knights were anxious to play after being so close to a win over the weekend. CCRI came out against the Cougars in the first half without much intensity playing slowly, sluggishly and with poor execution. As a result, Manchester’s Tyler Jones was able to score and give the Cougars a1-0 lead before the half.
During halftime Knights’ Head Coach Gabe Toro advised his players “We have to clean up our game and go back to basics we are starting to get away from our strengths. We needed to turn on the switch and have some desire and intensity out on the field, and pointed out that the entire team needed to ignite and that one or two players were not enough.” Sophomore Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth, RI), answered his coach’s call and led by example as he continued his hard work and hustle into the second half. His teammates followed suit. Coach Toro added “I want two goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half.” The Knights responded, within 10 minutes Prince Tahyor (Providence, RI) sprinted by the backs and intercepted an errant pass they tried to make to their keeper and tied the game at 1-1. Later in the 23rd minute, Knights’ goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI) punted a ball way past midfield and found the feet of Orlando Worthington (Cranston, RI) who was patient and let the ball settle as he ran onto and shot it into the side netting to give the Knights a 2-1 lead. The Knights continued to apply pressure. From there, Servi Barrientos (Providence, RI) broke through the defense in the right corner and was able to slide the ball across through the six yard box and found the foot of a hustling Damon Georgiou who finished by putting it by the Cougar goalkeeper putting her Knights up 3-1. Coach Toro added “Damon’s relentless hustle always puts him in the right place at the right time.” With about ten minutes left in the game a ball was attempted to be cleared by Manchester out of their box, but came down in front of Orlando Worthington who was able to strike it first time out of the air redirecting right back at the Cougar goal with great pace and the Cougar goalkeeper deflected it. The ever-hustling Georgiou came in to finish the job by putting away the rebound making the final score 4-1 Knights.
After the game Coach Toro commented “Overall we were able to turn it around in the second half to create better chances for ourselves with skill, but also with a lot of hard work. We need to continue to reach within ourselves and ignite the passion and desire to win some games.”
The Knights’ next game will be This Saturday the 8th when they will host the Avengers of ASA College, from Brooklyn, NY at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, RI at 1:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 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.