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Lady Knights lose to Montgomery-Rockville 4-3 in OT
The 12th ranked (National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll) women’s soccer team hosted the Knights of Montgomery College-Rockville from Rockville, MD on Saturday. The Lady Knights of CCRI lost a heartbreaker to Rockville 4-3 in Overtime. The loss ended the Lady Knights five game winning streak giving them a 9-2 overall record on the season.
Both teams battled evenly for the first 32 minutes of play until CCRI was awarded a free kick on a Montgomery foul. Freshman Kayla Resendes (Cumberland, RI) sent the ball into the goalmouth area and freshman forward Brittany LeClair (Westerly, RI) headed the ball into the back of the Montgomery-Rockville goal giving CCRI a 1-0 advantage. With three and a half minutes remaining in the half freshman forward Tori Tomassi (Westerly, RI) took a pass from Sophomore Co-Captain Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) and found the back of the Montgomery goal as she placed a nice shot along the ground and into the left far corner of the goal giving the Lady Knights a huge 2-0 halftime advantage.
As the second half of play began Montgomery-Rockville came out hard and strong pressuring CCRI with a few good chances. About 10 minutes into the half Montgomery-Rockville was awarded a penalty kick as one of their players was taken down inside the Knights 18 yard box. Freshman Hiba El-Klabli converted making the score 2-1. Just a minute and a half later Montgomery freshman Barbara Monsky scored to knot the score at 2-2. However, it didn’t take the Lady Knights long to regain the lead as freshman midfielder Cassie Tasich (Wakefield, RI) took a long designed play pass off of the kickoff. Tasich placed a beautiful lofting shot from the left side high and over the out stretched Montgomery-Rockville goalkeeper giving CCRI the 3-2 lead. Both teams continued to battle throughout with both having some good scoring opportunities. With eight minutes remaining in the game Montgomery-Rockville found the back of the net as Barbara Monsky scored again tying the score at 3-3 and that is where the score stood at the end of regulation.
With the score knotted at 3-3 the teams began the sudden death overtime period. With the momentum favoring Montgomery-Rockville, they were awarded a corner kick two and a half minutes into the overtime frame. Rockville’s Hiba El-Kabli placed a beautiful ball right into the CCRI goalmouth. There was a scramble in front of the goal as the ball was bouncing in the air and Rockville’s Tamara Castillo headed the ball behind CCRI’s goalkeeper Kelsey Viens (North Attleboro, MA) for the sudden death victory.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game; “We lost to a very good team today. I think the key turnaround and game changer was the penalty kick. With a 2-0 halftime lead I thought we were in a very good position but we let it slip away from us. However, Montgomery-Rockville is a very good and well coached team. They are not in the top five nationally in the NJCAA Division III polls for nothing. Our players will learn from the loss and we’ll all move forward. Coach Bannan and I are very proud of our players for their efforts today and we are confident that they will rebound from this loss.”
The Lady Knights’ next contest will be Wednesday the 12th when they travel to Brockton, MA to play Massasoit Community College at 3:30 for a Region XXI showdown.