Knights Lose Battle at Bunker Hill 2-0!
Warwick, R.I. – October 10, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's soccer team traveled to Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Ma to play the Bulldogs in a Region XXI non-league game. This game was originally scheduled for Thursday September 6th but was postponed due to a lightning storm. The Knights lost to the Bulldogs 2-0. With the loss the Knights fall to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Region XXI play.
The Knights had to make some adjustments in the lineup because of some players received red cards last game. This hurt the formation and tactics and made the Knights lose a big part of their offense when Co-Captain Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) had to be moved back to play defense.
CCRI adjusted to the new formation well and maintained possession for the greater portion of the first 30 minutes of the game. Bunker Hill did not even come into the Knights half for this period of time. Despite this early dominance, the Knights could not put the ball in the back of the net. With 15 minutes left in the half, there was a mistake in the back and the Bunker Hill speedy forward Yasser El Hasnaoui took advantage of it and put away the first goal and 1-0 lead.
Juan Gonzalez (Providence, RI) the Knights goalkeeper kept the Knights close and had an excellent game with over 15 saves. The Knights tried to come back in the second half but were not able to get organized enough to tie the game. In the 61st minute Bunker Hill added to their lead with a goal by Kevin Umanzo to take a 2-0 lead and that ended up being the final tally.
Jonatan Alvarez (La Seu d'Urgell, Catalonia, Spain) and David Restrepo (Providence, RI) tried to re-organize the midfield and get back control but after Jonatan suffered a knock he was not at his best. Jacob Leander (West Warwick, RI) had a solid game cleaning up the Bunker Hill attack for most of the game.
The Knights will host the Bay Hawks of MassBay Community College to the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln for Region XXI non-league game Sunday October 14th with a 1pm kick-off.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.