The CCRI Lady Knights women’s soccer team hosted the Cougars of Holyoke Community College form Holyoke, MA Wednesday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln for a Region XXI non-league contest. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 1-0 in a back and forth battle of Region XXI powerhouses. With the win CCRI improves to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
As play began, the Lady Knights pressured Holyoke early on into the match. In the 13th minute of play sophomore midfielder Carla Porras threaded a nice pass to sophomore forward Ashley LeClair (Westerly, RI) who caught the Holyoke goalkeeper off her line put up a lofting shot over her head an into the goal giving CCRI a 1-0 advantage. The Lady Knights created many more scoring opportunities throughout the rest of the half but couldn’t convert. CCRI went into the halftime break with a slim 1-0 lead.
The second half of play was hard fought by both teams with CCRI missing some nice opportunities. With only a 1-0 lead to protect the CCRI defensive corps of Ricki Beaufort (Warwick, RI), Co-Captain Lauren Cattani (Cranston, RI), Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI), Selena Canales (Cranston, RI), and goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA) thwarted any chances that Holyoke could muster giving the Lady Knights the 1-0 victory.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Every time we play Holyoke it becomes some kind of an ‘adventure’ for us. For some reason they are always up for our games. They are a very well coached team and we always seem to have trouble scoring against them for some reason. We are just not making the most of our opportunities so far this season. Hopefully we will snap out of this trend that we seem to be in soon. We just seem to get disorganized sometimes which puts more needless pressure on our defense.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be next Wednesday October 1st when they will host the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College for another Region XXI non-league game at 4:00pm at the CCRI soccer complex located on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
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.