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Lady Knights defeat Burlington 3-0, advance to District Finals!
The No. 12 ranked (NSCAA national poll) CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Rochester, NY to compete in the NJCAA Division I District E Women’s Soccer Championship over the weekend. In their first game the Lady Knights defeated the Barons of Burlington County College from Pemberton, NJ 3-0 to improve to 10-4-2 on the season and advance to the Northeast District E championship game.
It didn’t take the Lady Knights long to get on the board as they dominated play right from the opening whistle. In the 11th minute of play CCRI was awarded a corner kick. Sophomore Tri-Captain Caitlin McGarry (Warwick, RI) took the kick and fellow Tri-Captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly, RI) converted to give the Lady Knights an early 1-0 lead. Freshman defender Betti Worth (Manchester, England) also recorded an assist on the play. Just two minutes later McGarry collected a loose ball in the midfield from about 25 yards out and blasted a powerful well placed shot high into the Burlington goal giving CCRI a commanding 2-0 lead. However, Burlington never gave up and put some pressure on the CCRI defense in the last twenty minutes of the half.
As the second half of play began CCRI seemed to have trouble getting back on track as Burlington seemed to put more pressure on the Lady Knights defensive corps. But goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) was solid in the net for CCRI not giving up any rebounds and gathering any shots that came her way as she was in total control in the Lady Knights goal. In the 24th minute of play freshman forward Melissa Richards (Coventry, RI) was sent in on a breakaway. Burlington goalkeeper Julie Brown came out and made the initial save but Richards never gave up on the play as she was able to gather the rebound and score from a very difficult angle beating Brown to the far corner of the goal giving the Lady Knights a commanding 3-0 lead and they never looked back as that was how the game would end.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Our team was determined and ready to play today and controlled play right from the very start of the match. Scoring two goals early was a huge boost for our team. Coach Bannan and I were pleased overall with our teams play but we were not happy about the few lapses they had in both halves. Hopefully we’ll learn from that.”
Lady Knights’ Goalkeeper Alex Place played a great game recording her 7th shutout of the season and Caitlin McGarry recorded a goal and an assist on the day.
The Lady Knights will play host Monroe Community College tomorrow at 12:00 noon in the final to determine who will represent the Northeast District at the National Tournament to be held in Melbourne, FL the end of this month.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.