FROM STAFF REPORTS The CCRI Lady Knights Volleyball Team travelled to MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA to play the Buccaneers for their final regular season Region XXI matchup. The Lady Knights defeated MassBay 3-0: 25-13, 25-15 and 25-9.With
FROM STAFF REPORTS The CCRI Lady Knights Volleyball Team travelled to MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA to play the Buccaneers for their final regular season Region XXI matchup. The Lady Knights defeated MassBay 3-0: 25-13, 25-15 and 25-9.With the victory CCRI finishes the regular season with a 5-3 record.
The Lady Knight had played the Buccaneers once already Saturday the 9th on the Lady Knights’ home court in Lincoln, RI where CCRI was victorious 3-0. The Lady Knights were out to repeat their earlier performance and finish the regular season on a high note. CCRI did just that making quick work of the Buccaneers with the 3-0 victory with MassBay never amassing more than 15 points in any game of the match.
Leading the way statistically for CCRI was freshman Outside Hitter Savanna Martinez (Central Falls) with seven kills and tow aces for nine total points while helping defensively with nine digs. Co-captain Madison Capwell (Coventry) also had a very good match with a team-leading eight kills and one ace for nine total points while adding eight digs defensively for the Lady Knights. Freshman libero Aliana Winn (Lincoln) was dominant from the service line with a team-high seven aces while adding one kill for eight total points while also shoring-up the defense with a match-high 12 digs. Freshman co-captain Setter Kelsey Conway (Coventry) directed the Lady Knights’ offense well with 19 assists while adding three kills, three aces for six points while adding six digs.
The next match for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 23rd when they will travel to Northern Essex Community College to compete in the Region XXI Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Knights will face the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA at 1 p.m. If the Lady Knights are victorious they will face the winner of the Northern Essex MassBay match being played at 11 a.m. The Region XXI Championship match will be played at 3 p.m. All Region XXI Tournament matches will be streamed live on the NECC YouTube channel. Knights soccer falls
The CCRI Knights men's soccer team travelled to Roxbury Community College on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. game versus the Tigers under the lights. The Knights lost to the Tigers 2-1 in 2OT. With the loss CCRI falls to 7-3 on the season
It was destined to be a good match up as both teams have experienced success this season. The game was everything it was billed to be. Both teams attacked each other from the opening whistle, and while game was a bit aggressive at times, the officials were able to keep it under control as some players were on the edge of playing out of control on some of their tackles.
The Knights had several shots on net early in the game as they began to test the Roxbury goalkeeper. Thiago Pereira (North Providence), Pablo Puac (Pawtucket) and Sebastian Coso (Pawtucket) all had good games. The trio began to get more and more forward into the attack. Pereira had several looks at goal and was able to get himself open for shots throughout the entire game.
However, in the 27th minute, Roxbury got a shot off after entering the top of the 18 yard box. The shot beat Knights’ co-captain Goalkeeper Ednilson Tavares (Pawtucket) putting Roxbury ahead 1-0, and that is how the half would finish.
Starting the second half the Knights continued to fight and claw trying to get upfield through the physical Roxbury midfield and defense. Roxbury had four yellow cards as they came in late on hard tackles trying to disrupt flow in the Knights’ attack.
Joustin Rivera (Providence), Ricardo Foster (Cranston) and Ethan McDermott (Cumberland) all endured hard knocks but kept fighting, while showing class by not retaliating. The entire Knights team showed heart and played on despite the tough challenges.
Head Coach Gabe Toro mentioned: “I saw great heart in tonight's game, It was great to see the players, play on through the adversity and not see them lose focus on playing the actual game".
The Knights cohesiveness paid off as in the 82nd minute, Ricardo Foster challenged for a ball in the air and flicked it back with his head to Thiago Pereira , who was able to settle it and put it into Pablo Puac's path. Puac did the rest as he took one touch to set up a shot and the other touch to fire a blast past the Roxbury goalkeeper inside the penalty box. Puac’s blast tied the game which would lead to overtime as regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.
In the first overtime, the Knights continued to control the midfield, Aaron Ramos (Warwick) and Daniel Tinoco (Providence) did well to get the offense going. Even the Knights’ defenders got involved in offensive side of the game, Matt Gibeau (Warwick) and Busime Yosta (Pawtucket) both played amazingly, as they added to the attack but also performed in their defensive at a high level.
However, Yosta had to come out with an injury during overtime. In the second overtime, Thiago Pereira , Daniel Tinoco and Max Rodriguez-Cepparo (Pawtucket) had some chances on goal but were not able to finish with a tally. The game ended in heart break for the Knights as they approached the end of the second 10 minute golden goal overtime, Roxbury got a break down the left side.
In overtime, the total time played would be 110 minutes, at 109 minutes and 53 seconds, a Roxbury player sprinted into the CCRI penalty box and was tugged down by the shirt, a play that ended in a penalty shot call in favor of Roxbury. The Tigers, shot the penalty kick and ended the game and gave Roxbury the 2-1 overtime “golden goal” victory.
Coach Toro mentioned: “I hate golden goal overtimes…I thought the game was destined for a tie.” Both teams played hard and it was a definite battle tonight, but in the end with a few seconds left, it was a tough loss to take.”
Coach Toro added: “I was impressed with the Knights’ play and positive attitude despite some of the challenges. We take what we learned from this game and keep going forward, looking forward to the next game this Thursday.”
The next game for the Knights will be Thursday the 21st versus Holyoke Community at the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln at 3:30 p.m.
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