The CCRI Lady Knights’ women’s soccer team traveled to Rochester, NY this weekend to face the No. 4 ranked team in the NJCAA, the Bulldogs of Navarro College from Corsicana, TX. The Lady Knights lost to the Bulldogs 5-1. With the loss CCRI falls to 6-5-1 on the season.
The Lady Knights played the Bulldogs even up throughout most of the first half of play until the 37th minute when Navarro broke the ice on a goal by Natalia Torres taking a 1-0 lead into halftime break.
As the second half began the Lady Knights came out with the same spark and determination as they tried to get the equalizer. In the second minute of play Lady Knights’ defender Taylor Lopes (Cumberland, RI) served a ball up into the Navarro defensive third of the field. After a scramble in front of the net sophomore midfielder Melissa Richards (Coventry, RI) scored on a pass from freshman forward Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI) knotting the score at 1-1. However, just nine minutes later, Navarro forward and leading scorer Trudi Carter scored giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. CCRI fought back hard only trailing by a goal but 20 minutes later Navarro’s Carter scored again giving Navarro a 3-1 advantage. A short time later the Lady Knights put themselves in a deeper hole giving up a goal to Melina Prado with just with under 10 minutes left in the contest. Finally, with four minutes remaining Navarro’s Natalia Torres scored her second goal of the game making the final score 5-1.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game: “Despite the final score we are proud of what our team accomplished today against a very good top five team. We had our chances and stayed with them for two thirds of the match. We out corner kicked them 5-0 but unfortunately we didn’t make the most of our opportunities today. You can’t play just 60 minutes out of a 90 minute game and expect to come out on top of a team like Navarro. Unfortunately the score does not indicate how well our team played today for most of the match. Tomorrow will not be easy either as we play host Monroe Community College at noon. Hopefully playing two more quality teams this weekend will help us prepare for the Districts in early November.”
The Lady Knights face the No. 5 ranked (NJCAA Division I poll) Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College Sunday at 12noon.
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.