The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team traveled to La Plata, Maryland this past Saturday to take on the Hawks of the College of Southern Maryland to open the 2013 season. The Lady Knights lost to the Hawks 2-0. With the loss the Lady Knights begin the season 0-1.
The Hawks from Southern Maryland came out strong and hard right from the opening kickoff and dominated most of the play. Goalkeeper and Tri-Captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) kept the Hawks at bay by making some spectacular saves including a penalty kick keeping both teams scoreless at the halftime break.
In the second half the Hawks came out strong once again continuously sifting through the Lady Knights’ defense creating multiple quality scoring chances but Place came-up huge keeping CCRI in the game. The Hawks finally broke the ice when they scored on a breakaway in the 23rd minute of the second half by sophomore forward Alysse Houston. Just two minutes later the Hawks freshman Laura Shaner scored yet on another breakaway giving Southern Maryland a commanding 2-0 advantage. However, the Lady Knights never gave up and began to pressure the Hawks coming up with some quality scoring opportunities of their own but they just could not get on the scoreboard with the game ending in victory for Southern Maryland.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game “They had us back on our heels right from the start today and we were totally out of sync defensively. They are no doubt a very deep and talented team. We just couldn’t seem to generate any offensive chances until the last 20 minutes of the match. Alex Place was just tremendous in goal for us today. Sophomore Tri-Captain Betti Worth was also outstanding today but the Hawks were the better team.”
The Lady Knights have no time to rest as they will travel to Bel Air, MD to face the Fighting Owls of Harford Community College Sunday at 12:00noon.
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.