09.12.12: The No. 12 ranked (NSCAA poll) CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted Region XXI rival Bulldogs of Dean College on Wednesday for a Regional league game at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. CCRI defeated the Bulldogs 5-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve 5-1 on the season 2-0 in Region XXI and 1-0 in Region XXI league games.
The Lady Knights came out hard and pressured the Bulldogs’ defense right from the start creating numerous scoring opportunities. However they just couldn’t seem to “finish” and score. CCRI finally broke the ice when freshman forward Melissa Richards (Coventry, RI) scored in a scramble in front of the Dean goal giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 advantage. After totally dominating the first half of play CCRI could only manage the one goal, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.
As the second half of play began things were not much different as CCRI came out strong with numerous scoring opportunities but could not convert. Until, in the 16th minute of play, sophomore midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick, RI) found the net on a double assist play from sophomore Tri-Captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly, RI) and Sarah Mauricio (Tiverton, RI) giving the Lady Knights a 2-0 lead. As CCRI continued to dominate the play freshman forward Melissa Richards connected again on a nice pass from freshman defender Taylor Lopes (Cumberland, RI). With game well in hand and a 3-0 advantage, CCRI continued to assault the Dean goal. In the 25 minute Brittany LeClair connected on a nice pass from fellow Tri-Captain sophomore Cait McGarry (Warwick, RI) making the score 4-0. In the 36th minute of play freshman forward Kassandra Lussier (Warwick, RI) scored on a nice header from a cross from freshman midfielder Jennifer Kittila (Warwick, RI) making the final score 5-0. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) recorded her second shutout victory of her young collegiate career. So far this season the Lady Knights have outscored their opponents 24-8.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game “This was a good win for us today but it was also very frustrating having so many scoring opportunities and not finishing on them when we should. That was our discussion at halftime. Coach Bannan and I stressed the importance of making the most of our opportunities and they did a much better job in the second half scoring four goals. This was an important regional win for us today.”
The Lady Knights do not play again until they face off against Harford CC from Maryland next Friday September the 21st at 4:00pm.
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.