The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College from Springfield, MA for a Region XXI non-league game. The Lady Knights defeated the Rams 8-0. With the victory CCRI improves to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights came out of the gates on fire scoring just a minute and forty seconds into the game on a nice curling shot into the upper corner from Catherine Lopes (Warren, RI) assisted by Co-Captain Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI). They kept up the offensive pressure with the ball in the Rams third of the field for the majority of the first half and in the 11th minute Kendra Levesque (Warwick, RI) scored an unassisted goal and then four minutes later added another assisted by Ashely DellaVentura (Cranston, RI) making the score 3-0. The Lady Knights added goals from Co-Captain Lauren Cattani (Cranston, RI), Kyanna Ivey-Jones (Pawtucket, RI), Stepheny Perez, and two from Ashley LeClair (Westerly, RI) to go into halftime leading 8-0.
In the second half the Lady Knights worked the ball around to maintain possession and protect the lead. Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA) charted her fourth shutout of the season.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game “Coach Bannan and I are proud of our team’s effort today. We had the game in control from early on but we maintained our focus and worked the ball around and maintain possession during the second half. We will need to keep playing with focus and intensity as we play two very good teams on our trip to New Jersey this weekend.”
The Lady Knights travel to New Jersey for two games this weekend. On Saturday they will face the Vikings of Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ at 12noon. On Sunday they will travel to Newark, NJ to face Essex County College at 1pm.
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.