The CCRI Lady Knights’ soccer team is enjoying tremendous success on the soccer pitch this fall with an impressive 7-3-1 overall record and perfect 4-0 record in Region XXI play. One of the big reasons for their success if freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA). Due to her success she has been named National junior College Athletic Association National Goalkeeper of the week for the week of September 29th-October 5th.
Kilburn, who has started all 11 games in net for the Lady Knights, had an excellent week allowing just one goal in three victories for the Lady Knights. On October 1st she led the Lady Knights past Springfield Tech where she earned her fourth shutout of the year with an 8-0 victory. From their Kilburn recorded another critical shutout versus Mercer County Community College in a 0-0 double overtime thriller to earn her fifth shutout of the year and she capped her week with a 2-1 victory over a very formidable Essex County College squad.
For the year Kilburn is ranked No. 14 in the nation in total saves with 90 and 21st in the nation with a .891 save percentage. In addition, Kilburn’s five shutouts rank her No. 10 in the nation. Jenn also has an excellent .97 Goals Against Average, ranking her No. 41 in the nation.
The last CCRI Keeper to earn NJCAA National Goalkeeper of the week honors was Melody Lawrence who earned the distinction in October on the 2009 season. Lawrence a four-time All-American while at CCRI led the Lady Knights to the Nationals in 2009 while amassing multiple CCRI records.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini “We are so happy and pleased that Jenn has received such recognition, especially on a national basis! She has been solid so far this season only yielding 11 goals in as many games for a .97 GAA. She has come up big all season long. She has a lot of talent and she’s only going to get better from the direction and training she is receiving from Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan who has produced six All-American goalkeepers in past years. She has played every minute of every game this season and she is the kind of keeper that can steal a game for us. We are quite proud of her!” Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan, who works with the CCRI Goalkeepers added: “We are ecstatic to see Jenn earn recognition on a national level. She is a hard worker who continuously strives to become better. She would also be the first to share the accolade with her teammates for their defensive efforts in front of her. We are delighted and proud of her accomplishments this season.”
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.