The CCRI Women’s soccer team hosted the Pride Springfield College Junior Varsity squad to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln Wednesday in a makeup match that had been previously postponed due to inclement weather. The Lady Knights defeated the Pride 1-0. With the victory the Lady Knights end the regular season with a 10-4-1 overall record.
This game was a rematch of the game September 10th when the Pride narrowly beat CCRI 2-1 in Springfield and the Lady Knights were out to exact revenge on their home turf. Both teams battled up and down the field at a frenetic pace throughout the first half feeling each other out until the 30th minute when the Lady Knights broke the ice. Sophomore midfielder Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI) lofted a beautiful ball over the Springfield defenders sending freshman forward Catherine Lopes (Warren, RI) in all alone on the goalkeeper. However she shot the ball right near the goalkeeper who made the initial sprawling save but the rebound came right out to sophomore midfielder Ashley LeClair (Westerly, RI) who made no mistake about it scoring the Lady Knights only goal of the match.
With the score 1-0 at the half the Lady Knights seemed to possess the ball more in the Springfield end of the field in the second half of play with numerous scoring opportunities throughout but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA) recorded her 8th shutout of the season in 15 contests bringing her goals against average down to a stellar 1.04. As with every Springfield game it was a very close contest and this was no easy shutout as Kilburn made 11 saves on the day including a dramatic point blank save in the first half that she deflected off the crossbar to turn around and grab right in front of the goal mouth to keep the game deadlocked at 0-0.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Springfield always brings us a good and hard fought game. Even though things were quite even especially in the first half, we had too many wasted scoring opportunities in the second half. We just couldn’t seem to find the net today.”
The Lady Knights are off until Saturday November 8th when they will travel to New Jersey to compete in the District E women’s Soccer Tournament. The Lady Knights (10-4-1) will face off against Region XV Champion and No. 2 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Mustangs of Monroe College (13-1) at 1:00pm. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Region III (most likely Monroe CC) vs the Region XIX Champion (TBD 11/1) in the District Championship. The Championship game will be played Sunday November 9th at 12noon for a berth in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship hosted by Eastern Florida State University in Melbourne, FL November 17th-22nd.
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.