09.04.12: The No. 10 ranked (NJCAA pre-season poll) CCRI women’s soccer team hosted the Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY for their first home game of the 2012 season. The Lady Knights its first loss of the season falling 4-0 to the Mustangs. With the loss CCRI falls to 3-1 on the season.
The Mustang’s All-American striker Mikaela Howell (Basingstoke, England) scored two goals in the first half of play and one goal in the second half of play to lead Monroe to their 3rd victory of the season. Another British striker from Monroe, Charlotte Branch (Great Yarmouth, England), also scored a goal in the second half on a nice feed in from former Croatian national player Sandra Zigic (Zagreb, Croatia). Though the Mustangs scored four times to none for CCRI the game was far tighter than the score would indicate as both teams had scoring opportunities with Monroe capitalizing on theirs while the Lady Knights did not.
Both teams battled in the first half of play each having scoring opportunities. However, CCRI could not score as Howell scored both goals giving Monroe a 2-0 advantage at halftime. As the second half of play began Monroe was awarded a free kick in the third minute right outside the 18 yard box on the left side deep in the CCRI defensive end of the field. Sandra Zigic took the free kick and Charlotte Branch headed the ball directly into the CCRI goal giving Monroe a 3-0 advantage. In the 23rd minute Howell struck again on an unassisted goal, her third of the game to seal the victory.
Lady Knights Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “We got beat today by a very good team but we do not feel that the score really indicates how hard our team fought all game long. We had our scoring chances but we just didn’t make the most of our opportunities today. Our goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) made some outstanding saves today and sophomore midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick, RI) did an outstanding job today as well as she shut down her defensive assignment.”
The Lady Knights will travel to Springfield College in Springfield, MA this Thursday for a 7:00pm match against the Springfield College JV team.
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