Knights Subdued by Springfield Tech 3-0
Warwick, R.I. – October 22, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Springfield Technical Community College Rams. This was also the final home game of the 2019 season and served as CCRI’s Sophomore Day. The Knights recognized seven sophomores; co-captain Juan Gonzalez (Providence, RI), co-captain Jake Leander (West Warwick, RI), Delpio Alves (East Providence, RI), Anthony Serluca (Westerly, RI), Cornelius Tay (Monrovia, Liberia), David Restrepo (Providence, RI) and Koren Barrios (Pawtucket, RI). Unfortunately, CCRI would lose the game 3-0. The loss drops CCRI’s season record to 2-12-1 overall and 1-6-1 in Region XXI play.
CCRI recognized their sophomores with a small ceremony prior to the game to thank them for their dedication. Head Coach Gabe Toro thanked them all by giving out tokens of appreciation to them. The Knights had good energy going into the game as Coach Toro started all the sophomores, relying on their energy to get a few goals right off the start.
The Knights held the ball in possession for much of the early stages but struggled to get results in the final third. A mistake trying to play the ball out of the back in the 36th minute resulted in the first Springfield Tech goal and the Knights going down 1-0 before the half.
In the second half, the Knights were encouraged to shoot on net as much as possible did so. The attack kept coming led by Delpio Alves, Cornelius Tay and freshman Jose Orozco (Pawtucket, RI). Freshmen Juan Garcia (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Osiel Moreno (Providence, RI) also had good looks at the goal and the Knights had multiple attempts on net. They rattled the post and forced the Springfield Tech goal keeper make several top-quality saves as well.
Defensively, the struggles continued for the Knights. While defending a corner kick, CCRI lost the ball in the sun and a Springfield Tech player was able to head it into the net past Juan Gonzalez for the second goal in the 68th minute.
In the 74th minute the referee deemed that a Springfield Tech attacker was tackled unfairly inside the CCRI penalty box. The Rams converted from the spot and made the game 3-0, this is how it ended.
Coach Toro commented; “It has been a tough season, we have not been able to find consistency as a team, we play well for short periods of time and don't seem to rise when we need it the most. After a strong showing against Bristol Community College over the weekend, the Knights were not able to replicate the intensity of that match for this one.”
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team will next be in action on Wednesday, October 30th at 3:30 p.m. as they travel to Brockton, MA to take on the Massasoit Community College Warriors for CCRI’s final game of the 2019 season.
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.