The CCRI Men’s Soccer team scored three second-half goals en route to its first win of the season, defeating Holyoke Community College 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon. With the victory, the Knights improved to 1-4-1 on the season and 1-1-1 in Region XXI play.
CCRI came out utilizing a new formation and moved some personnel around to see if they could become more offensive-minded. Some players returned from injury, such as Adam Coutu (Moosup, CT) and Brandon Silvestri (Warwick, RI), making it easier to move some players around to different positions on the field.
Despite the new formation, some sloppy defensive play proved to be costly for the Knights late in the first half. A mishap on a pass back to the keeper resulted in an own goal for CCRI, finding its way to the back of the net and giving Holyoke a 1-0 halftime lead.
However, the Knights responded with a much more offensive-minded second half. In the 75th minute, Junior Robert (Providence, RI) scored on a tremendous individual effort, breaking through the Holyoke defense and beating the keeper to tie the game 1-1. Just over three minutes later it was Robert again, finishing off a feed from Evan Gaudreau (Jamestown, RI) for his second of the game and the eventual game-winning goal. The Knights capped off the scoring in the 85th minute, when freshman Trevor Lopes (Cumberland, RI) added some insurance, hustling for a loose ball and finding the back of the net to give the Knights a 3-1 lead.
Alex Padilla (Cranston, RI) picked up the win for the Knights in goal, turning aside three out of the four shots that Holyoke fired on net.
The Knights will look to continue their winning ways on Thursday, when they travel to Springfield Tech for a 4:00 p.m. game.
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.