10.24.12: The 12th ranked (NSCAA National poll) CCRI Women’s soccer team traveled to Franklin, MA to play the regional rival Bulldogs of Dean College. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 to finish 5-1 in Region XXI play and captured the program’s 12th consecutive New England Region XXI title. Also with the victory the Lady Knights’ overall record improves to 9-4-2 on the season.
As play began it took the Lady Knights some time to get things in gear but still totally dominated the Bulldogs by pinning them in their end of the field for most of the first half of play. However, CCRI having numerous scoring opportunities could not seem to finish with the first half of play deadlocked at 0-0.
As the second half of play resumed the Lady Knights continued to dominate play pressuring Dean and creating numerous corner kick opportunities. In the 8th minute of play CCRI finally got on the board as they were awarded a free kick. Sophomore Co-Captain Cait McGarry (Warwick, RI) sent a beautiful ball into the 6 yard box area and sophomore midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick, RI) scored as she “flicked” the ball into the corner of the Dean goal with her head. However, 15 minutes later Dean’s freshman forward Samantha O’Keefe was able to get through the CCRI defense scoring the game-tying goal on a breakaway knotting the score at 1-1. With 19 minutes remaining in the game Cait McGarry blasted a shot from outside the Dean 18 yard box hitting the inside of the top crossbar and into the net giving the Lady Knights a 2-1 advantage. As play continued on, CCRI continued to dominate play creating numerous scoring opportunities keeping the Bulldogs on their heels. With a little more than 12 minutes remaining in the contest CCRI was awarded another corner kick. Cait McGarry, as she always does sent in a beautiful ball to freshman Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI) converted for the Lady Knights giving them a 3-1 lead and that’s how it would end.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Coach Bannan and I are proud of our ladies as they stayed focused throughout the entire game pressuring the Dean defense all day long. We told them at the half that if they remained patient then things would fall into place for them. Co-Captain Cait McGarry just gives us such great free kicks that are usually right on giving our team a lot of scoring opportunities. She had a goal and two assists today figuring in all three of our goals. Sophomore Co-Captain Jess McCaughey was assigned the task of ‘man-marking’ scoring threat Samantha O’Keefe twice this season and she did an outstanding job for us. She couldn’t be faulted for the breakaway goal by O’Keefe earlier in the second half as there was a missed mark in the midfield that allowed the breakdown to occur. We are excited that our team will now move on to district play in Rochester, NY on Saturday, November 3rd as we will face the winner of the New Jersey Region XIX.”
The Lady Knights will wait to find out who their opponent will be Saturday November the 3rd when they will travel to New Jersey to play in the Northeast District Tournament between the champions of Regions III, XV, XIX and Region XXI - CCRI.
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.
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