The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team garnered two more awards for their excellent 2013 season. The Lady Knights finished the season with an impressive 11-7-1 record after losing a very close 2-1 game to Monroe College ion the District Championship game. However, two of their Captains recently were named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans. Tri-Captain midfielder Bethany (Betti) Worth (Bolton, England) earned NJCAA First Team All-American honors and Tri-Captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, CT) earned NJCAA Second team honors.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini boasted of his two sophomore Tri-captains: “Coach Bannan and I are so proud of Betti and Alex regarding their NJCAA All-American selections. They are both quality student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom. They have been excellent team captains and hard workers and both are respected by their teammates and coaches. Their All-American selection just proves that success is no accident, you need to work for it and they did.”
As a sophomore Tri-Captain, Worth earned All-Region XXI honors for the second straight year. Worth recently added a NSCAA All-North Region honor to go with her two All-Region XXI honors. Betti has capped her impressive CCRI career by adding an NJCAA First Team All-American honor to her mantle. She was a key component in the Lady Knights’ midfield with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. As a freshman Worth was undoubtedly the most physical, vocal and intense player on the 2012 Lady Knights’ team she helped the Lady Knights with 16 total points with seven goals and two assists. Coach Grassini added about his sophomore leader: “Betti always came to play each game and she was a dominant player in the midfield or on defense when she was needed. She possesses a tremendous amount of talent and she plays like she practiced…HARD all of the time!” She had 39 points in just 29 games for the last two seasons.”
Sophomore Tri-Captain Place also earned All-Region XXI honors for the second consecutive year, and along with Worth earned her NSCAA All-North Region honor to go along with it. In addition, now Place has also earned an NJCAA Second Team All-American honor. In 2013 Alex authored six shutouts with an impressive 1.23 goals against average with 115 total saves to lead Region XXI. For her career Place had 12 shutouts which ranks her sixth all time at CCRI. As a freshman Place was a monster in net for the Lady Knights. Though she is small in stature Place plays each game as if it was her last. Place always attacks the ball and makes tremendous eye-popping diving and lunging stops in net for CCRI. Alex had a great freshman campaign with six shutouts and made over 100 saves during the 2012 season. Coach Grassini commented on his talented keeper: “Alex was very solid in goal for us the last two seasons playing in every single game. In 36 total contests she had a GAA of 1.30. She is a quality goalkeeper that always kept our team in the game. Alex is a very organized individual that always gave everything she had for the team. When there was a community service team effort she always took the lead. That is just the kind of person she is, giving back first.”
Coach Grassini added: “Both players will be very difficult to replace and they both represented our women’s soccer program and CCRI in a classy and admirable fashion. They both have very bright futures!”
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.