Warwick, R.I. – September 22, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team traveled to Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY for two weekend games. On Saturday they faced the Barons of Rowan College at Burlington from Pemberton, NJ. The Lady Knights defeated the Barons 4-3. With the victory CCRI improves to 5-1 on the season.
The game did not start well for the Lady Knights as they surrendered a goal in the first minute of play to Joan Logan on a breakaway giving the Barons a quick 1-0 advantage. However, CCRI answered quickly within two minutes on a goal from sophomore Midfielder Catherine Lopes (Warren, RI) to tie the score at 1-1. The Lady Knights continued to fight back hard versus the Barons as freshman Forward Elizabeth Gemmell (Warwick, RI) tallied a goal it the 15th minute giving CCRI a 2-1 lead assisted by sophomore forward Kyanna Ivey-Jones (Pawtucket, RI). Gemmell added another unassisted goal in the 34th minute to give CCRI a 3-1 advantage that they would take into the halftime break.
In the second half nursing a 3-1 lead the Lady Knights were forced back on their heels as the Barons came out with tremendous intensity. Within the first five minutes that pressure paid-off for the Barons as they cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal from Allison Paonessa. With 10 minutes left Paonessa would score again on a breakaway to tie the game 3-3. However, with just 52 seconds remaining freshman Faithe Fernandez (North Providence, RI) intercepted a clearing pass from the Baron’s goalkeeper. Fernandez played the ball right back and deflected off the keeper right back to her and she played the ball into the right corner of the net for the dramatic last-minute game-winning goal. This gave the Lady Knights the 4-3 victory!
The Lady Knights have no time to celebrate as they will face the No. 7 ranked Tribunes of Monroe Community College Sunday.
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.