Knights Subdued by Southern Maine Seawolves
Warwick, R.I. – September 30, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Southern Maine Community College Seawolves on Saturday afternoon. Southern Maine enjoyed the lions share of possession and used it to their advantage, scoring twice while keeping the Knights’ offense quite and winning the game 2-0. The loss drops CCRI’s season record to 2-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in Region XXI play.
A beautiful September day set the scene at CCRI’s Lincoln campus for a great day of soccer. The Knights set up to pressure high with both freshman Paul Sayles-Perez (Westerly, RI) and sophomore Cornelius Tay (Monrovia, Liberia) starting upfront. Sat in behind them in the central midfield roles were freshmen Jose Orozco (Pawtucket, RI) and Adelmo Intrieri (Westerly, RI). Playing wide on the flanks were the always dangerous combination of freshman Osiel Moreno (Providence, RI) and sophomore David Restrepo (Providence, RI). This group was tasked with getting high up the pitch and into dangerous areas to capitalize on chances created.
The effort was there but the squad always looked just a half step off. The rhythm was lacking and CCRI never really grabbed the game by the horns. Southern Maine opened scoring in the 5th minute after the ball was deflected high in the air and striker Keto Tchiputo was first to react and slotted it home past sophomore, keeper and co-captain Juan Gonzalez (Providence, RI). The Seawolves would continue to look dangerous but CCRI held tight at the back. The first half would end with that 1-0 score line.
To Start the second half, Head Coach Gabe Toro mixed things up, throwing central defender, sophomore co-captain Jake Leander (West Warwick, RI) to hopefully latch onto some half-chances that went untaken in the first half. Sophomore Juan Garcia (Guatemala City, Guatemala) also enter the game to pain up with Leander in a striking partnership. CCRI saw more chances in the opposition penalty box but struggled to force tough saves from the keeper.
Southern Maine doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Blake Collins was played in on goal and converted his chance. The Seawolves held strong defensively, shutting out the Knights and winning the game 2-0.
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team will next be in action on Tuesday, October 1st at 4:00 p.m. as they host Region XXI rivals in Massasoit Community College Warriors at the CCRI Soccer Complex.
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.