The CCRI men's soccer team welcomed the No. 20 Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, N.Y. to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, R.I. on Saturday. The Knights lost to the Mustangs 1-0. With the loss, the Knights fell to 5-6 on the season.
The Knights were eager for kickoff, coming off two big regional victories, a 7-1 win over Springfield Tech Thursday and a 1-0 win over Dean College on Tuesday.
The Knights played well this game against Monroe, as they took control of the tempo of the game and they were passing the ball effectively. Defensively the Knights did a solid job shutting down the high-powered Monroe offense. Chris Munoz (Talcahuano, Chile), Preston Kar (Providence), Ian Duncan (Barrington) and Kyle Ferreira (Westerly) were able to balance the back line in front of their goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry). Gallucci made some key saves, but the Knights had more opportunities to score during the game than Monroe did, yet were not able to put the ball away.
Captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket) had several shots and other players had some good looks to put the Knights ahead. However it was Monroe that was able to score on the Knights with just minutes left in regulation.
“Despite good overall play, we were unable to score and put the game away,” CCRI head coach Gabe Toro said. “Monroe kept battling and was able to put one away at the end.”
Knights spurn Springfield Tech
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Springfield, Mass. for a Region XXI non-league game against the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College. The Knights defeated the Rams 7-1.
The Knights came out firing against Springfield Tech. Freddie Korsah (Accra, Ghana) opened up the scoring, assisted by Servi Barrientos (Providence), making the score 1-0. They both reversed roles for the next two goals as Barrientos scored twice, the first assisted by Korsah and the second from Luis Navas (Pawtucket), making the score 3-0.
The fourth goal came on a laser shot from inside the 18-yard box from Christopher Lopes (Pawtucket). Navas set-up the ball and Lopes was able to strike it well. Before the halftime whistle sounded, Prince Tahyor (Providence) received a nice chip pass from Orlando Worthington (Cranston) and tucked the ball away into the net, giving the Knights a 5-0 cushion at halftime.
In the second half the Knights bench came out and continued to play well, having good possession and knocking the ball around the entire pitch. During the ninth minute of the second half Tahyor intercepted a goal kick that failed to make it over the top of the offensive line and converted, giving the Knights their sixth goal.
Twenty minutes into the half, Joshua Lopes (Pawtucket) was tackled to the ground about 40 yards out. The Knights were awarded a free kick, which defender Kyle Ferreira (Westerly) fired into the top corner of the Springfield Tech net for last goal of the game for the Knights
Lady Knights fall to Monroe
The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. to play the No. 19 Mustangs of Monroe College on Saturday. The Lady Knights lost to the Mustangs 25-14, 15-13 and 25-20. With the loss, the Lady Knights fell to 11-4 on the season.
The Mustangs will be one of the strongest teams the Lady Knights will face this season.
“It was hard to watch my team fall the way they did because I know how good my girls are and can be,” CCRI head coach Samantha Amaral said. “Zorymar (Nieves) is the reason why we started to fight towards the end and almost won. I didn't put her in game one or two. I asked her game three if she could do something different and pump this team up.”
The Lady Knights were led by Janny Cabrera (Providence) with 10 kills and five blocks and captain Annie Ragan (North Kingstown) with 17 assists to go with seven digs. They were helped by captain Paula Cadavid (Lincoln) with seven kills and 11 digs, while libero Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, N.C.) added 10 digs.
Lady Knights sweep Northern Essex CC
The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Haverhill, Mass. to play the Lady Knights of Northern Essex Community College last Wednesday. CCRI defeated Northern Essex 25-17, 25-12 and 25-9 to win 3-0.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was captain Paula Cadavid (Lincoln), who finished the day with 12 kills, six aces and 12 digs. Cadavid was helped by Janny Cabrera (Providence) and Meagan Del Re (Coral Springs, Fla.), who added nine kills each, and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.), who had three kills and four aces.
“It was very nice to get a victory under our belt,” CCRI head coach Samantha Amaral said. “The girls played well and were able to just get better each game.”