The CCRI men's soccer team traveled to Trenton, NJ to face Essex County College. The Knights lost to Essex County 4-0. With the loss the knights fall to 0-4 on the season.
Head Coach Gabe Toro traveled with a limited amount of players because injuries which are playing a huge part in their season this year. Coach Toro mentioned “I have never seen a start of the season with so many major injuries to personnel, even in my own playing experience. Five starters out because of injuries so far this early in the season.” Visiting Essex with only three healthy subs was not the way Coach Toro wanted to go into this weekend.
The Knights made some adjustments and came out ready to give their best. Freshman Clarence Early (Cranston, RI), Christopher Quinn (Cranston, RI), Jean Arenas (Cranston, RI) and Samson Olowoporoku (Osun-State, Nigeria) all started in the back line for the Knights. They started off great, holding off the attack of Essex. The half time score was 0-0. Coach Toro was very happy with the way the team and individual players adjusted to their new positions. Adam Corey (North Kingstown, RI) dropped into a midfield role while Luis Duarte (Pawtucket, RI) and Matt Bulmer (Dayville, CT) pushed up top as forwards. Together with outside midfielders Luis Navas (Pawtucket, RI) and Christopher Fernandes (Cranston, RI) the team had some positive combinations that resulted at some good looks at goal, but the Knights were not able to capitalize. Rob Gallucci (Coventry, RI) in net also made an incredible save after Essex was awarded a penalty kick. The save pumped up the Knights and they continued to try to build aggressive combinations into the opposing team box.
In the end, the Knights were not able to keep up the pace. Having limited subs gives all other players extra minutes and being the start of the season, team fitness is not yet at an optimum level. The Knights also suffered another injury during this game that may put out another player for a few weeks. In the end the final score was 4-0. The Knights put on a good fight, but were not able to capitalize on opportunities and some mental mistakes because of fatigue in the end made the difference.
The Knights’ next game is Saturday when they travel to Rochester, NY to play Monroe Community College at 2:00pm.
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