The CCRI Lady Knights’ soccer team hosted the Pride of Springfield JV for a game on Thursday at the CCRI Soccer complex in Lincoln. The Lady Knights tied the Pride a 2-2 in double overtime. With the tie the Lady Knights’ record is now 1-4-1 on the season.
The Lady Knights and Pride always have extremely close games and this game would be no different. Just four minutes into the game Springfield JV would get on the scoreboard first as Taylor Bigwood was able to get free of the CCRI defender to loft a high arcing shot over Lady Knights’ Tri-Captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) to take a 1-0 lead with 40:35 remaining in the half. CCRI battled back to try and get an equalizer and at around the 28-minute mark had an opportunity from Tri-Captain Betti Worth (Manchester, England) who fired a shot from just inside the 18 yard box but it hit the crossbar and deflected away from the net. The Lady Knights kept the pressure on Springfield but another defensive lapse got Springfield forward Kelsey Martin open on a counter break and she was able to tally another score for the Pride and give them a 2-0 lead with 8:54 remaining in the half. CCRI kept battling to try and cut into the Springfield lead but their efforts were unrewarded as they went into halftime trailing the Pride 2-0.
Though the Lady Knights trailed they could feel that something had to go there way soon as they continued to pressure the Pride with attack after attack. Finally, with just 10:37 left in the half Tri-Captain Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI) sent the ball into the six yard box where Missy Richards (Coventry, RI) was able to gather the ball and get a shot of beating the Pride goalie and cut the Springfield Lead in half 2-1. Just 37 seconds later Jess Hammond (Warwick, RI) launched a missile from the deep right wing outside the 18 yard box that sailed perfectly into the high left corner on the net bringing the Knights’ fans to their feet as they dramatically tied the game 2-2 with just 10 minutes remaining. All of the momentum was on CCRI’ side as they tried to get the game-winner to end the game during the final 10 minutes. The Lady Knights had some chances but could not convert sending the game into overtime.
The Lady Knights dominated the play for a good portion of both 10 minute overtime periods and had multiple corner kicks and opportunities but could not convert those opportunities into goals. Every time they got off a shot, it seemed to be right at the keeper or just missed the net. But the effort and energy was there for the entire game for the Lady Knights as they battled back from a two goal deficit to tie the game which is a very good sign for the team that more success is on the horizon.
The Lady Knights will look to take the momentum from this match into their next match in regional foe Bunker Hill Community College for their game at CCRI Saturday September 14th at 12noon at the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln.
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