The CCRI Women’s Soccer team hosted the Vikings of Mercer County Community College from West Windsor, NJ on Sunday at the CCRI Soccer Complex on the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The Knights defeated the Vikings 3-1 for their first win of young the season making them 1-4 on the season.
Mercer opened the scoring in the 12th minute of play as sophomore forward Taylor Wright scored on a deflection that got by CCRI goalkeeper Alex Place giving the Vikings a 1-0 advantage early. In the 28th minute of play CCRI finally got on the board when freshman striker Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI) scored on a pass from freshman Selena Canales (Cranston, RI) which beat the Mercer goalkeeper Jackie Laurenti low and into the right corner of the goal. The first half of play would end with the teams deadlocked at 1-1.
As the second half began the Lady Knights began the two teams played even until the seventh minute of play when Carla Porras tallied her second goal of the game on a pass from sophomore forward Jessica Hammond (Warwick, RI) giving the Lady Knights a 2-1 advantage. As play resumed, CCRI seemed to have the edge by wearing the Vikings down pinning them in their own defensive end. In the 17th minute of play sophomore Tri-Captain Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI) converted for the Lady Knights on a pass from sophomore midfielder Jennifer Kittila (Warwick, RI) making the score 3-1. CCRI began to dominate play for the rest of the half. However, midway through the half Mercer had a great chance on a breakaway but CCRI tri-captain and goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) came up big stopping the scoring threat. Most of the play continued to be in the Mercer defensive end of the field as CCRI peppered the Mercer goal.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Hopefully this win today will break us out of whatever ‘funk’ our team has been in. Everyone has worked hard but we kept coming up short in our previous matches. Our goalkeeper Alex Place and Midfielder Betti Worth continue to shine for us today. Hopefully, this win will put us on the right track moving forward.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Thursday when they host the Pride of Springfield College JV squad at 4:00pm at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln.
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.