The CCRI Lady Knights women’s soccer team hosted Montgomery College from Rockville, MD yesterday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. The Lady Knights defeated the Raptors 6-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 4-4-1 on the season.
The Lady Knights got on the board quickly as freshman forward Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI) took a pass from sophomore Tri-Captain midfielder Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI) in the 13th minute and blasted a shot from about 18 yards out into the top left corner of the Montgomery goal. Just seven minutes later sophomore midfielder Melissa Richards (Coventry, RI) converted on a crossing pass from sophomore Jen Kittila (Warwick, RI) giving CCRI a quick 2-0 lead. Six minutes later the Lady Knights connected again as freshman forward Selena Canales (Cranston, RI) scored on a pass from sophomore Paige Oram giving CCRI a commanding 3-0 lead. A short time later Montgomery got on the scoreboard, as forward Rachel Anderson scored off of a rebound of her own initial shot cutting the CCRI lead to 3-1. However, the Lady Knights kept rolling as just two minutes later and in the 37th minute, CCRI was awarded a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. Freshman midfielder Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI) took the free kick and scored a beautiful goal placing a high and powerful shot into the top right corner of the net giving the Lady Knights a commanding 4-1 advantage at the half.
As the second half of play began the Lady Knights continued to pressure Montgomery all over the field. Nine minutes into the half freshman forward Selena Canales score her second goal of the game off of a feed from freshman defender Estefany Mejia (Cranston, RI) making the score 5-1. CCRI continued to dominate throughout the rest of the half. With just 3 minutes remaining in the contest freshman Carla Porras scored her second goal of the game giving the Lady Knights a 6-1 lead and that’s how it would end.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “This was a good solid win for our team today. After starting this season untraditionally at 0-4 our team has rebounded with four wins and a tie in our last five games and we are turning the corner now. In addition to our offensive output which has increased, our defense has done a more than adequate job of defending Tri-Captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) who has been solid as a rock in net this season. Hopefully we can keep this unbeaten streak going.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday the 25th when they will travel to Holyoke, MA to play the Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a Region XXI non-conference game at 4:00pm.
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.