Warwick, R.I. – September 15, 2016: The CCRI Men’s Soccer team welcomed the No. 4 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Monroe College of New Rochelle, NY to the Lincoln campus yesterday. Monroe is always a strong opponent, and this year came into Lincoln ranked No. 4 in the nation and showed their quality by beating the shorthanded Knights 7-0. The loss leaves the Knights at 0-4-1 overall for the season.
Going into the game, the Knights were already at a disadvantage with five players out minor injuries they were nursing. A few minutes before kickoff, Head Coach Gabe Toro was informed that starting keeper Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) may not be able to play due to an injury. The backup keeper was already sidelined, so Ellerbe worked through the pain for the good of the team, but was not 100%.
The shorthanded Knights were unable to take strong control of the midfield, a key to the game. Piotr Szewczyk (Warsaw, Poland), Ivandro Pedrosa (Central Falls, RI), and Kyle Courtney (Cumberland, RI) each put in a strong effort, but Monroe’s quality showed. Monroe was able to control the midfield throughout the first half, resulting in five goals for the visitors.
The Knights were able to create chances on the offensive end. When they were able to shift to offense, there were shots taken on goal, but none were able to be put in the net. Joshua Sandin (Warwick, RI) took a shot from 35 yards out that unfortunately hit the post. Christian Equizabal (Bilbao, Spain) played tenaciously throughout the game on defense, making a last ditch effort to prevent a goal by clearing the ball off of the goal line. Coach Toro noted that he loved the intensity and passion from his team, and hopes to see it throughout the season going forwards. He knows the passion the team showed yesterday will lead to better results in the future.
The Knights will look for a victory in their next game on Sunday, September 18th. They will take on the Yellow Jackets of American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts at 12PM.
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.