Knights Subside to Sussex County Skylanders
Warwick, R.I. – October 9, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's soccer team came back home for a Saturday afternoon game against the Skylanders of Sussex County Community College. A difficult match saw adverse field conditions slow down the usually high paced intensity we have come to be used to. The atmosphere seemed to favor the Skylanders as they grabbed a 2-0 win with a goal coming in both halves of play. The loss drops CCRI's record to 2-4 on the season with a 1-1 record in Region XXI play.
The match was set for a 1pm kickoff. The Lady Knights had played just prior and the field's surface was showing some signs of wear and tear. The over saturation from the relentless rain had exacerbated this. Head Coach Gabe Toro knew the midfield would be absolutely crucial to the team's success to combat this. Jonathan Alvarez (La Seu d'Urgell, Catalonia) and Cheikh N'diaye (North Providence, RI) got the start for the Knights in the midfield, looking to control the pace of play and spring counter attacks when the opportunities presented themselves. Co-Captain Mouhamadou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) also came into the game to support the midfield play.
The Knights played well in moments but the inconsistency came back to haunt them in this game. They gave up one goal in the first half after a mistake in the back. Co-Captain Dante Turano (Westerly, RI) and the rest of the defense were having trouble keeping their marks off the ball which led to some complications. In the second half Austin Degiacomo (Westerly, RI) and Randy Kouadio (East Providence, RI) came in the game to play as forwards and support the creative aspect of the Knights attack. They created more chances and opportunities and Lorenzo Ferguson (Wakefield, RI) and Delpio Alves (East Providence, RI) also contributed to the offensive chances in the second half. Alves had some good looks at goal but was unable to convert. The field did not help him in his attempts as it was muddy and slippery from all the rain. In the 52nd minute, there was a coming together of players at the top of the Knights box. It was hard to tell if it was the contact or the mud that was the culprit, but the referee deemed it a foul. The corresponding free kick led to the second goal for Sussex County.
Although no more goals would be scored, there was still plenty of notes the referee would need to add to his report. Three red cards were issued in total. One to Sussex and two to CCRI. In the last five minutes of the game some players lost their cool, pushing followed and a pair of red cards were issued to one player from each team. Elton Soares Sequiera (Central Falls, RI) of CCRI and Adrian Sanchez of Sussex were the guilty parties. Less than a minute later, a second Knights, Austin Degiacomo was shown a straight red for descent towards the official. The game would finish with three less players than started and the score in favor of the Skylanders 2-0.
Coach Toro commented; "We always push our players to keep their composure and raise above all the non-sense that other teams bring to the games. The frustration of the game gets to these young players and some of them lost their composure today. Despite controlling most of the ball in the second half the Knights could not organize themselves enough to find the net".
The next match for the CCRI Knights men's soccer team will be on the road to Boston, MA as they face the Bulldog of Bunker Hill Community College on Tuesday, October 9th at 4pm.
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.