Knights fall in hard fought game to Tribunes, 2-1
Warwick, R.I. – October 3, 2016 – The CCRI Men’s Soccer team hosted the Tribunes of Monroe Community College on Saturday, falling 2-1 in a great battle. The loss brings the team’s overall record to 2-5-1 on the year.
The Knights’ were prepared for a tough battle with Monroe Community College Tribunes, who always give the Knights a good fight. The knights were coming off of a 10 day lay-off from their last game. Monroe took the lead in the first half after a small defensive mistake allowed the shot to be buried by the Tribunes. At halftime, Head Coach Gabe Toro was very pleased with the way his team was performing. He encouraged the team to continue the way they were playing, in hopes it would bring them to victory.
In the early minutes of the second half, Tho Mith Chin (Battambang, Cambodia) played Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI) in on goal with a one touch pass, but his shot just sailed wide of the goal. Right after this, Monroe was able to charge down the field and put a ball into the net, putting the Knights down 2-0. The Knights found motivation in the deficit, and pushed even harder. James Puello (Cumberland, RI) scored a beautiful goal, chipping the Monroe goalkeeper from 20 yards out to put the ball into the net. The Knights continued to fight for the rest of the half, but came up empty. The game eventually ended 2-1 in favor of the Tribunes.
Despite the loss, Coach Toro was still very happy with his team’s performance on Saturday. He commented: “Donald Campbell (Pawtucket, RI) and Christian Equizabal (Bilbao, Spain) had great games in defense for us. The defense protected Goalkeeper Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) well, but when he was called upon Ellerbe was able to make some great saves for the Knights.”
Coach Toro thought the game was a great way for the team to get back in action after the long lay-off. Coming up on Tuesday, October, 4 th, the Knights have an important rivalry game when the visit the Warriors of Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA. The Knights will be looking to get back on track with a big victory!
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