In a must-win game to remain in playoff contention, the CCRI men’s soccer team got its biggest win of the year on Saturday afternoon, trumping conference-rival Dean College 1-0. With the win, the Knights improved to 4-8-1 on the season and 4-3-1 in Region XXI play.
A goal in the 24th minute from Knights’ leading scorer Junior Robert (Providence, RI) was all it took, as CCRI keeper Alex Padilla (Cranston, RI) turned aside all 10 shots on net in a spectacular effort. Defender Adam Coutu (Moosup, CT) also turned in a nearly flawless game on the back end, making life as easy as possible for Padilla.
“I’m very impressed with Adam’s poise and composure coming out of dangerous situations in the back,” CCRI Head Coach Gabe Toro said. “I love the way he predicts, intercepts and then comes out of the back with his head up and gives exact passes out of transition to his teammates going the other way. Playing with purpose and using other players as an extension of oneself is something I always encourage my players to do and Coutu exemplifies this technique in his play.”
Midway through the first half, the Knights were able to generate some offensive pressure, resulting in a great ball by Trevor Lopes (Cumberland, RI) that Robert was able to head past the keeper for the game’s lone goal. Robert’s goal was his team-leading seventh of the season.
Getting a big win over their conference-rival was a great way to celebrate Sophomore Day for the student-athletes that have contributed so much time and effort to the men’s soccer program over the last two seasons. The sophomores include Robert, Coutu, Jean Arenas (Cranston, RI), Chris Quinn (Cranston, RI), Matt Bulmer (Dayville, CT), Joe McFarlane (Montego Bay, Jamaica), and Jossiemar Caballero (Johnston, RI).
CCRI will be looking for its third straight win on Friday, when they host American International College’s junior varsity team at 3:30 p.m. at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. This will be the final game before the Region XXI playoff game the following weekend.
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.