This past Saturday the CCRI Lady Knights women’s soccer team hosted the Barons of Burlington County College of New Jersey for their 2014 home opener. The Lady Knights lost a hard fought battle with the Barons 2-1. With the loss the Lady Knights are now 1-1 on the season.
Early in the game both teams played very evenly but late in the first half Burlington had the Lady Knights back on their heels. In the 35th minute of play Burlington forward Allison Paonessa broke in all alone on CCRI freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA) and scored to the right corner of the goal on an assist from Allie Rabinowitz. The first half of play would end with Burlington up 1-0. However, both teams had some great scoring opportunities in the half.
As the second half of play began Burlington came out strong and forced the Lady Knights into a defensive shell and CCRI seemed to be totally out of sync. As the half progressed Burlington’s Joan Logan scored an unassisted goal in the 14th minute giving them a 2-0 advantage. The Lady Knights fought back hard but could not seem to find the net until sophomore midfielder Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI) tallied on a scramble in front of the Burlington goal in the 39th minute of play cutting the lead to 2-1. It was a great effort from Porras who dribbled down the side and into the corner before sending the ball into the 18 yard box, after the pass she followed her pass into the box and her effort was rewarded as the ball bounced back to her and she made it count firing it passed the Burlington Keeper Amber Steen. The goal gave the Lady Knights some much needed momentum and forced the Barons to make some defensive mistakes. And with just few minutes remaining in the match the Lady Knights turned-up the pressure on the Burlington goal. Sophomore forward Ashley LeClair (Bradford, RI) had a point blank shot on goal in the waning minutes of the match but Burlington keeper Steen made a great save as she slid out and stopped the shot. With that save Burlington held on to win 2-1.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Burlington is a good team but we had our chances to score but we did not make the most of our opportunities today. Burlington deserves some credit though as they outplayed us at different points in the match. We got a bit rattled on defense today and we need to fix that going forward.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Sunday September 7th at 12noon when they host the Wolverines of Essex County College from Essex, NJ at the CCRI soccer complex 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.