Warwick, R.I. – October 31, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Soccer Team welcomed Massasoit CC to the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI on Saturday for a 1PM Matchup. The Knights were unable to pull out a victory on Sophomore Day, falling 3-1 and leaving their record at 4-9-1 on the season and 1-4 in Region XXI play
The Knights came out extremely fired up for this game. Head Coach Gabe Toro noted at times the Knights have come out flat to start games. In the first few minutes of play, Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) had a great shot from just outside the 18yard box and almost scored. Coach Toro looked down at his bench and said “these guys are here to play!” He knew he would be getting a great showing from his team going forward. Even with the fast start, the Knights conceded a goal first. After a small mistake in defense, Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) was left vulnerable in the net and Massasoit was able to score on a cross, putting the Knights down 1-0.
The Knights continued to fight hard, and were able to find the back of the net using Cameron DiMaria’s (Coventry, RI) pace. DiMaria was able to latch onto a through ball and was just able to beat the goalkeeper to the ball. The goalkeeper and DiMaria collided, but the ball was poked past the goalie and into the net, giving the Knights their first goal of the game. The goal was unfortunately not enough as the Knights ended up falling 3-1 in this game.
The loss marks the end of the season for the Knights, who had a tough year due to many injuries to the team. Coach Toro could not have been prouder of the fight and resilience the team showed. He is very excited to work with the freshmen who will be returning for next year.
Coach Toro would also like to honor the sophomore who showed great passion and work ethic throughout the year. Each sophomore left everything they had on the field, looking to make a huge impact on the game and the season. Christian Ellerbe had a great year in net and was named MVP of the final game. Shane Iannelli (North Kingstown, RI) worked extremely hard and was the backbone to a very strong defensive line. Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI), Ben Boahin (Portsmouth, RI), Piotr Szewczyk (Warsaw, Poland), and Kyle Courtney were all important contributors to the attack of the Knights, creating and scoring goals throughout the whole season. Even with the tough season. Coach Toro knows there are a lot of positives to take from the season that he can use for the next season and looks forward to getting started!
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