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No. 13 ranked Lady Knights fall to No. 5 ranked Monroe CC 3-0
The number 13th ranked National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Upstate, NY this past weekend On Saturday the 16th they took on the No. 5 ranked (NSCAA) District rival Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY in the first game of a two-game weekend. The Lady Knights lost to the Tribunes 3-0. With the loss the Lady Knights snap a four game winning streak and fall to 4-1 on the season.
The Tribunes came out hard and strong in the first half of play dictating the play but the Lady Knights were able to end the first half unscathed by keeping Monroe off the board with the half ending scoreless.
As the second half of play began Monroe continued to pressure the Lady Knights. In the 10th minute of play Monroe was awarded a corner kick and sophomore forward Catherine Mucha score from out in front of CCRI’s goal giving the Tribunes a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later freshman midfielder Kaylen O’Brien scored on a nice pass from freshman Shauna Eccles. Eccles passed the ball from the right side right across the CCRI goal crease and Mucha poked the ball past CCRI freshman goalkeeper Taylor Maurath (Burrillville, RI) making the score 2-0. Down by two goals the Lady Knights didn’t give up as freshman forward Samantha Waterman (Westerly, RI) found herself right in front of the Monroe goal with a sure scoring opportunity but shot the ball wide of the goal. However, Monroe continued to push and with 10 minutes left in the contest Monroe’s freshman forward Jori Semrau scored on a 25 yard shot that found the upper part of the CCRI goal beating Maurath making the final score 3-0.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini said after the game “We knew Monroe would be strong and talented as they always are. I told our team that our opportunities would most likely be limited today and that we had to make the most of them and we didn’t. However, Coach Bannan and I are proud of our team as they never gave up today! Hopefully we’ll see Monroe again in November at the District Tournament in New Jersey and hopefully it will be a different story.”
The Lady Knights travel to Syracuse Sunday to play Bryant & Stratton College at noon.