The CCRL Lady Knights’ soccer season just recently ended with a dramatic 2-1 loss to the Mustangs of Monroe College in the District Championship. Though the Lady Knights’ season ended before they would have liked with an 11-7-1 record but they did receive some good news this week with six of their players earning All-Region XXI honors they were: Tri-Captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI), Tri-Captain midfielder Betti Worth (Bolton, England), Tri-Captain forward Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI), sophomore defender Taylor Lopes (Cumberland RI), freshman forward Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI), and freshman defender Estefany Mejia (Cranston, RI).
As a sophomore Tri-Captain, Worth earns All-Region XXI honors for the second straight year. Betti 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. Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented about his sophomore leader: “Betti was, hands down the best complete player to come out of this region in a long time. She is strong, physical, and very talented player and knows and reads the game as well as anyone. She is talking to a number of schools at this time to transfer to. Her opportunities will be plentiful! She managed to get eight goals and six assist this past season in only 13 games because of an injury. She will be extremely difficult to replace in our midfield next year.”
Sophomore Tri-Captain Place also earns All-Region XXI honors for the second consecutive year. 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 just outstanding this season, once again leading the region in goals against. She is a quality goalkeeper that will be very difficult to replace. We will definitely miss her leadership as one of our team captains. She had a 1.23 GAA with six shutout victories this season against a very difficult game schedule.”
Sophomore Tri-Captain Oram is the third member of the Lady Knights to earn consecutive Region XXI honors for CCRI. In 2013 Paige scored 28 points on 11 goals and six assists. Most importantly she did it when it mattered late in the season. In her last five games as a Lady Knights she scored nine goals and added an assist as they say “big players make big plays in big games” and that’s exactly what she did. As a freshman Oram was a key addition to the 2012 Lady Knights’ soccer quad and was ranked third on the team with eight goals while adding three assists and fourth on the team with 21 total points. Oram’s athleticism set her apart she always took the field and played with tremendous passion and pace with a never say die attitude. Coach Grassini commented: “Paige started just about every game as a freshman and a sophomore. She chipped in with some very timely goals this past season. The biggest coming in the District semi-finals defeating Monroe CC 1-0. She had 11 goals and six assists this season.”
Sophomore defender Lopes earns her first Region XXI honor. As a defender Taylor played a big part in helping Keeper Alex Place chart her six shutouts as a sophomore and Place’s 12 career shutouts. Coach Grassini commented: “Taylor really came into her own on the defensive back line this season. She did a great job leading the rest of our freshmen defenders. She started and played in every game this season. Making the All-Region team was a great accomplishment and well deserved honor for her.”
Freshman forward Porras earns her first All-Region XXI honor. Carla exploded upon the seen as a scoring force for CCRI with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. Coach Grassini commented on his talented freshman: “We knew Carla was a good player coming in but didn’t realize how good she really was! She is a very talented little player who has a bright future. She’s got speed and probably the best foot skills on the team. We look for bigger and better things from her next season. She had 10 goals and 7 assists this season.”
Freshman defender Mejia also earns her first All-Region XXI honor. Estefany was a major contributor to the Lady Knights’ defense and helped Lopes and Place man the back line for CCRI and was another key player in the six shutouts CCRI had this season. Coach Grassini added: "Estefany was one of the biggest surprises we had this year." She shut down many physically bigger and stronger opponents this past season and helped bolster our defense. She was solid all season long! Small in stature but she came up big in many games.”
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