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Lady Knights and Cougars Battle to 0-0 Draw in 2OT!


Monique DaFonseca

Monique DaFonseca

Warwick, R.I. – October 3, 2019: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a Region XXI interleague match on Wednesday. The Lady Knights and Cougars battled for two 45 minute halves and two 10 minute overtime periods to a 0-0 draw. With the draw the Lady Knights are now 4-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in Region XXI play.

With a rainstorm in the forecast the match between the Lady Knights and Cougars started a few minutes ahead of schedule in order to try and get the game in. Just before the game it was a pleasant 65 degree day at the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln. However, as soon as the opening whistle blown a strong wind began to whip across the field and then the rain began, light at first then heavy rain and wind took over. Very poor conditions to play in but both teams fought through the tough conditions to play a very hard fought and competitive contest that had all the earmarks of a Region XXI rivalry game.

The two stars of the game had to be Goalkeeper Maddie Brassard (Pawtucket, RI) of CCRI and Hannah Garon of Holyoke. Brassard had six saves on the day while managing a very slick playing surface which made almost every shot towards goal a guessing match if it hit the ground in front of her. Maddie handled it well and made many clutch and athletic saves. Garon of Holyoke also had one heck of a match with nine saves. Her best may have come when she parried a blistering high shot from McKenna Leahy (Warwick, RI) late in the second half that looked like it was destined for the back of the net but Garon came up clutch. She also had a few diving efforts that kept the Lady Knights off the scoreboard. The only other shot that she could not save was shot by Monique DaFonseca (Providence, RI) later in the second half that also looked like it would reach the back of the net but deflected off the right goalpost and out of bounds.

The Lady Knights’ defensive corps led by Juliana Capraro (Foster, RI) and Monique DaFonseca along with Adriana Lima (Pawtucket, RI) and Brianna Jarret (Westerly RI) shone brightly as they were able to limit the Cougars scoring opportunities. A few of the Holyoke chances came from tricky hops on the field that forced inadvertent hand balls just outside the 18 yard box. There were also a few “chippy” calls late in the game that offered Holyoke a few scoring opportunities but Brassard and the Lady Knights’ defense stood up to the challenges.

The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Saturday when they travel to Sussex County Community College in Newton, NJ for a match versus the Skylandersrw at 12noon as part of a doubleheader with the Knights who will face the Skylanders at 2pm.

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