The CCRI men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to conference-rival Dean College Wednesday afternoon in Franklin, MA. With the loss, the Knights fell to 2-6-1 on the season and 2-2-1 in Region XXI play.
Despite falling 1-0, CCRI had its chances in the game. Its best chance came about 30 minutes into the first half, when Evan Gaudreau (Jamestown, RI) was taken down in Dean’s 18-yard box after a nice pass from Jean Arenas (Cranston, RI), earning a penalty kick for the Knights. CCRI’s leading scorer, Junior Robert (Providence, RI), was chosen to take the kick. Robert hit the crossbar, collected his own rebound and calmly put the ball into the net. However, the goal was disallowed because the shooter can’t be the first one to touch the ball after the shot.
With the Knights playing solid defensively and clinging on to a 0-0 score, the Bulldogs were able to earn a penalty kick of its own with 20 minutes remaining in the second half, when a Dean player was taken down in CCRI’s 18-yard box. On the penalty kick, CCRI’s keeper Alex Padilla (Cranston, RI) made an outstanding save, but Sebastian Estrada was able to bury the rebound into the back of the net, giving Dean a 1-0 lead. Padilla played great for the Knights in goal, turning aside nine of the 10 shots that came on net.
The Knights pressed in the final minutes in search of the equalizer, but came up just short. “I’m proud of the team and our overall performance,” CCRI head coach Gabe Toro said. “We must put away our chances or suffer the consequences.”
The Knights will look to bounce back at home this weekend, when they host Monroe College at 2:00 p.m. at the Flanagan Campus 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.