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No. 12 Lady Knights defeat CCBC-Essex 2-1!
The No. 12 ranked (National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I poll) CCRI Lady Knights’ women’s soccer team hosted the Knights of the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex (CCBC-Essex) on Saturday for a Division I showdown. The Lady Knights defeated CCBC-Essex 2-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 9-1 on the season.
Field conditions were a bit to be desired as both teams had to face a very wet and muddy pitch. The Lady Knights came out strong and hard and had Essex pinned in their own end of the field but had a difficult time scoring due to a combination of the field conditions and not making the most of their opportunities. The Lady Knights finally broke the ice when freshman midfielder Cassie Tasich (Wakefield, RI) found the lower portion of the right side of the Essex goal with about 14 minutes remaining in the first half. The goal was assisted by freshman forward Tori Tomassi (Westerly, RI) who fed Tasich a nice pass from the right side of the field.
CCRI continued to dominate the match as the second half began but still could not find the net. As play continued Essex escalated their pressure and in the 31st minute of play scored the tying goal on a similar shot to CCRI’s first half goal. With the score knotted 1-1, The Lady Knights of CCRI once again began to pressure the opposing goal. In the 36thminute of the second half freshman forward Caitlin McGarry (Warwick, RI) found the Essex goal assisted by freshman midfielder Jess McCaughey (Warwick, RI) giving CCRI a 2-1 advantage. The Lady Knights continued to pressure Essex but still could not convert and insurance goal. Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Viens (North Attleboro, MA) picked up her fifth consecutive victory giving up only a single goal during that stretch.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game “The field conditions today weren’t good for either team today on top of that we did not make the most of our opportunities in the first half of play and let Essex hang around. We shot the ball right at the goalkeeper on at least four or five occasions today. We really need to concentrate more on picking the corners. The score could have easily been at least 3-0 at the half today. However, we’ll take the win and move on. The team is really starting to gel and work well together all over the field.”
The Lady Knights next match will be next Saturday October 8th when they host No. 5 ranked (National Junior College Athletic Association DIII poll) Montgomery College-Rockville team from Rockville, MD at 12:00noon at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, RI.