The CCRI men’s soccer team started off their 2013 season Wednesday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, RI by playing the No. 4 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College from Boston, MA. The Knights lost to the Bulldogs 4-0. With the loss the Knight begin the season 0-1 overall and in Region XXI play.
The Knights welcomed back four returning sophomores: Tri-Captain goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI), Tri-Captain Midfielder Luis Navas (Pawtucket, RI) and Tri-Captain midfielder Christopher Fernandes (Cranston, RI) also started the game. In addition, Frederick Korsah (Accra, Ghana) also returned for another year with the Knights after serving as a very versatile player last year for Head Coach Gabe Toro. The coaching staff had the challenge of getting all the freshman ready for a big opening game against very good competition. Bunker Hill has made it to the Division III National Tournament in the last two years.
Bunker Hill opened up the scoring with a ball off a corner kick that got in over the backline on a heal kick from Wallef Nogoeira giving BHCC a 1-0 lead. The Knights had a chance to tie after Adam Corey was taken down in the box for a penalty kick. Corey missed the target on the PK, but he continued to push and make scoring opportunities for the Knights unfortunately they could not convert. Coach Toro felt “A tie at this point in the game would have totally changed the momentum of the game in our favor.” The Bulldogs added another with less than 20 minutes left in the half by Salim Bourezqui giving BHCC a 2-0 halftime lead. BHCC tallied one more goal and benefitted from an own goal in the second half to win by the final score of 4-0. Coach Toro commented “The back line had a solid game considering it was the first game of the season, keeping this visiting team in check for most of the game. Chris Quinn (Cranston, RI), Adam Couto (Plainfield, CT) held good defensive shape and showed a lot of potential in the back. On the wings Samson Olowoporoku (Osun-State Nigeria) and Abel Quiroa (Providence, RI) contributed to a great defensive effort for most of the game. A combination of fatigue and experience left some open chances for Bunker Hill to capitalize.” Coach Toro added “I was very happy with his team shape and overall discipline on opening day along with the overall performance of his young team and is looking forward to their development in the coming weeks.”
The next game for the Knights will be this Saturday when CCRI will host the avengers of ASA College form New York at 1:00pm at the Knights’ Soccer Complex in Lincoln.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.