Warwick, R.I. – September 26, 2017: On Thursday the 21st the CCRI Lady Knights soccer team traveled to Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA to play the Warriors for a Region XXI showdown. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 4-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 1-2 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights were playing in their third game and seeking their first victory under new Head Coach Jim McGirr. CCRI knew they would have an uphill battle with no substitutes and a quality opponent in the Warriors squad. In the 35th minute the Lady Knights got on the scoreboard with their first goal of the season from Freshman Kat Raposo(Warwick, RI) giving CCRI the 1-0 which they would take into halftime.
In the second half the Lady Knights picked-up where they left-off as Raposo tallied her second goal of the contest in the 52nd minute to give CCRI a 2-0 lead. Just four minutes later Massasoit answered with a goal from Jakiyah Jones-Robins to cut the CCRI lead in half 2-1. However, seven minutes later Kat Raposo completed her first career collegiate hat trick with her third tally of the day giving CCRI a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately for CCRI they had to play the rest of the game a player down after a minor injury. However, that did not stop sophomore Riley McKitchen (Coventry, RI from scoring one final goal for the Lady Knights to give them a 4-1 lead in the 72nd minute. The Lady Knights went on to win by the final count of 4-1 to secure their first victory of the season. Kat Raposo scores her first career hat trick while CCRI also got tremendous play from their defensive corps led by sophomore Tri-Captain Isabella Rinne(Charlestown, RI) and assisted by freshman Julia Hill (Warren, RI).
After the game Head Coach Jim McGirr commented: “I am very happy and proud of this group and all the adversity they have faced so far this season. This win validates all of the hard work they have exhibited.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 23rd when they Travel to Newton, NJ to play the very talented Skylanders of Sussex County Community College at 12noon.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.