08.25.12: The 10th ranked (NJCAA) CCRI Women’s soccer team traveled to Maryland this past weekend to face off against No. 1 ranked and defending Division III National Champion Raptors of Montgomery-Rockville College. Last year the Lady Knights lost a hard-fought 4-3 game in overtime and the squad was looking to be on the winning side this year. That is exactly what they did winning wire to wire by a score of 5-1. With the victory the Lady Knights begin the season 1-0.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Knights to get on the board as Sophomore Tri-Captain Caitlin McGarry (Warwick, RI) scored an unassisted goal in the 13th minute of play. McGarry blasted a 20 yard shot high and into the top corner of the Rockville goal. The Raptors goalkeeper, Ashley Latter had no chance as the shot was perfectly placed by the CCRI Captain. In the 25th minute sophomore midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick, RI) scored on a nice pass from McGarry giving CCRI a 2-0 advantage. With just a few minutes left in the half CCRI was awarded an indirect free kick from about 20 yards out. Freshman defender Janessa Choquette (Chepachet, RI) touched the ball over to McGarry who blasted a hard shot right through the hands of the Rockville goalkeeper giving the Lady Knights a 3-0 lead at the half and McGarry her fifth point of the game with two goals and an assist.
As the second half began, CCRI continued to dominate play by playing strong defense and a very balanced attack offensively. Just twelve minutes into the half freshman forward Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI) scored her first career goal in a scramble in front of the Raptor goal giving CCRI a 4-0 lead. In the 25th minute of play freshman midfielder Betti Worth (Bolton, England) scored an unassisted goal as she blasted a shot from 18 yards out past the Raptor’s goalkeeper giving the Lady Knights a 5-0 advantage. Play continued on with some offensive burst by both teams but CCRI was able to keep Rockville off the score board until they were awarded a free kick in CCRI’s defensive zone in the 34th minute. The Raptor’s Rachel Anderson scored off of the free kick in a crowd in from for CCRI’s goal making the final score 5-1 giving the Lady Knights their first victory on the young season. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) recorded her first win in her collegiate career.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game; “Coach Bannan and I were quite pleased with our team’s effort today. Everyone played hard and the team is already starting to jell as a unit. This was a good win to start the season off on the right track.”
The Lady Knights travel to play the Knights at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex Sunday at noon.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.