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No. 12 Lady Knights lose to No. 6 Monroe CC 5-2
The No. 12 ranked (NSCAA DI poll) CCRI women’s soccer team faced off against the No. 6 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY on Sunday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. The Lady Knights lost to the Lady Tribunes 5-2. With the loss the Lady Knights drop to 5-2-1 on the season
As play began in the first half CCRI couldn’t seem to get on track as Monroe dominated play scoring two quick goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. In the 9th minute of play Lady Tribune freshman forward Alison Sharpe scored the first Monroe goal on an assist from Natalie Rogers making the score 1-0 MCC. Five minutes later Monroe struck again on a goal from Margaret Doyle giving the Tribunes a 2-0 advantage. In the 23rd minute Monroe put CCRI into a deep hole scoring their third goal of the half making the score 3-0. The Lady Knights fought hard and had some chances but the Monroe goalkeeper Chloe Crook made a great save laterally diving and palming the ball that was placed low and to the left corner of the goal.
As the second half of play began the Monroe forwards once again pressured the CCRI defense. Freshman Alison Sharpe connected for her second goal of the match in just the third minute giving Monroe a commanding 4-0 lead. However the Lady Knights did not give up continuing to work hard creating a corner kick opportunity. Sophomore Tri-Captain Cait McGarry (Warwick, RI) took the corner kick and fellow Sophomore Tri-Captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly, RI) scored off of a scramble in front of the Monroe goal getting CCRI on the board making the score 4-1 in the 10th minute of play in the second half. The teams battled back and forth for the next 20 minutes with both teams having chances. In the 39th minute of play freshman midfielder Betti Worth (Manchester, England) gave a nice pass to Cait McGarry who sent a perfectly placed shot low and into the left corner of the Monroe goal beating freshman goalkeeper Paige Buchholtz who had relieved Chloe Crook in the Monroe net. The Lady Knights seemed to have some life being down 4-2 but Monroe’s sophomore captain Natalie Rogers put an end to the Lady Knights hopes scoring an unassisted goal giving the Tribunes a commanding three goal lead making the final score 5-2.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game” Even though we lost today we are proud of our kids as they never once gave up. We had some quality chances today and the score at one point could have easily been 4-4. Betti Worth played just outstanding today winning every ball that came near her. In the second half she struck a beautiful shot from 30 yards out that rang off the top crossbar of the Monroe goal. If that went in I believe it could have changed the game. Our kids fought hard today but unfortunately came up short. Monroe historically is always a battled for us and today was not our day. Sometimes you need some luck and we didn’t have any today”.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday the 26th when they will host the No. 6 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a Region XXI non-league game this will be a showdown between the top Division I and Division III Region XXI women’s soccer squads.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 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.