Warwick, R.I. – September 28, 2015: The CCRI women’s soccer team hosted the Wolverines Essex County College from Newark, New Jersey yesterday at the Lincoln Campus soccer complex. The Lady Knights lost to the Wolverines 2-1.Both teams fought back and forth in the first half of play with the Lady Knights holding the edge. In the 23rd minute of play CCRI was awarded a penalty kick as freshman forward Emma Manosh (Warwick, RI) was fouled in the penalty area. Manosh subsequently scored on Shanay Ricketts the Essex goalkeeper giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 halftime lead.
As the second half began both teams fought hard back and forth with CCRI dominating play with many scoring opportunities but could not break through Wolverines’ goalkeeper Ricketts who held them at bay. However, in the 11th minute of play Essex forward Paula Viana snuck through the Lady Knights defense and scored knotting the score at 1-1. CCRI continued to pour on the pressure and as a result they were awarded a second penalty kick on the afternoon but the Essex goalkeeper Ricketts stopped the shot diving to her left. The Lady Knights nearly scored on the rebound but they just could not convert. The teams would finish in regulation time tied at 1-1.
As the teams went to the first 10-minute sudden death overtime period the Lady Knights seemed to put things in another gear with some very near scoring chances but Ricketts continued to keep them at bay. Ricketts the former Jamaican 17 and under National Goalkeeper had an incredible day with 17 saves kept CCRI from the game winner. In the ninth minute of play Essex’s forward Sherise Hoppins somehow got in between two CCRI defenders and scored giving Essex County the 2-1 victory.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Coach Bannan and I are very pleased with our team’s effort today. They dominated for most of the game but they ran into a stone wall with the Essex goalkeeper, Shanay Ricketts and things like that can happen. We just felt that they deserved a better fate today. They certainly put in a winning effort.”
The Lady Knights next match is this Wednesday as they travel to Franklin, MA to take on Region rival Dean College at 4:00pm.
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.