The CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Franklin, MA to take on Region XXI rival Dean College. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 5-1. With the victory CCRI improves to 3-4-1 overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights came out on a mission and were focused to play their regional rival and they capitalized on that energy by scoring four first half goals. The CCRI scoring began when freshman forward Ashley LeClair(Westerly, RI) scored just 10 minutes into the game assisted by Tri-Captain Betti Worth (Manchester, England) giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 lead. Just five minutes later freshman forward Selena Canales (Cranston, RI) scored a goal assisted by Tri-Captain Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI) making the score 2-0 CCRI. At the 35-minute mark LeClair Tallied another goal this time assisted by Taylor Lopes (Cumberland, RI). Two minutes later Betti Worth added another assisted by Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI) giving the Lady Knights a comfortable 4-0 cushion. CCRI dominated the play throughout the first half of play but with six minutes remaining in the half Dean was awarded a free kick and Alyssa Klotzbeecher scored on a header to put the Bulldogs on the board. In total in the first half for the Lady Knights Ashley LeClair scored twice and Betti Worth had a goal and an assist to lead the CCRI attack while freshman Selena Canales also tallied a goal.
As the second half of play began things were not much different as the Lady Knights dominated the play everywhere on the field. In the 59th minute of play freshman Stepheny Perez scored on a nice pass from Ashley LeClair giving CCRI a commanding four goal lead making the score 5-1. That is how the game would end, 5-1 CCRI.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game: “Our team came out strong and hard today and attacked the Dean goal with some aggressiveness that definitely gave us the edge today. The players were up for this match and it certainly showed. Our keeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) and our defense also play well stopping any of Dean’s few chances. Overall, Coach Bannan and I are pleased with our team’s effort today."
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.