The CCRI Women’s soccer team continued play in Rochester, NY after playing No. 4 ranked (NJCAA Division I poll) Navarro College on Saturday the Lady Knights faced the No. 5 ranked Tribunes Monroe CC on Sunday at 12noon. CCRI fell to Monroe Community college 3-0. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 6-6-1 on the season.
As the first half started CCRI and Monroe battled scoreless until CCRI thought they had scored off of a corner kick that Paige Oram got a head on and put into the net but the goal was negated as the referee called a foul on CCRI so the game remained scoreless. With less than 10 minutes remaining in the half Monroe’s Samantha Greenhager was sent in alone for a breakaway goal assisted by Katie Knell giving the Tribunes a 1-0 advantage at the half.
In the second half Monroe pressed the Lady Knights right away. That strategy worked for Monroe in the third minute of play Sabrina DeBellis scored on a perfectly placed shot low and into the corner of the CCRI goal on another pass from Katie Knell. With the score 2-0 the teams battled back and forth until Monroe scored again with under three minutes left in the match. Lady Tribune Alexis Dalberth scored on yet another assist from Knell, her third assist on the day.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “We only played one quality half today and you are not going to beat quality teams with that kind of an effort. Monroe is our rival and we need to play better than we did today to come out on top”.
The Lady Knights’ next game will be Wednesday October 9th when they will host the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for a Region XXI non-conference game at 3:30pm.
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.