The CCRI Lady Knights women’s soccer team traveled to Holyoke, MA yesterday to take on the Cougars of Holyoke Community College on Wednesday for a Region XXI non-conference game. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 1-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 5-4-1 on the season and 3-0 in Region XXI play. The Lady Knights are now unbeaten in their last six games recording 5 wins and a tie.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for a tough game as the Cougars are one of the top division II squads in the nation ranked in the top 15 in the Nation. In addition, in they have had very close games in their past two meetings with Holyoke pulling out a 2-1 overtime win last year and the Lady Knights defeating Holyoke 1-0 in 2011 and this game would be no different. The Lady Knights and Cougars played a scoreless first half as both teams battled back and forth.
This pattern continued in the second half in the 10th minute of play sophomore tri-captain midfielder, Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI) scored an unassisted goal. Oram scored on a volley shot off of a scramble in front of the Holyoke goal giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 advantage. With 35 minutes left in the contest both teams continued to battle evenly with the edge going to CCRI for the last 20 minutes of play. However, the Cougars had a few quality chances but sophomore Tri-Captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) kept the Cougars at bay as she was in total command of the CCRI goal recording her second shutout victory of the season.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game: “We didn’t play well in the first half at all but you have to give credit to Holyoke as they beat us to every ball. They were the aggressive and we were not. We played a much better second half and we were a little bit lucky to come out on top today. However, we never gave up either.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 28th when they travel to Springfield, MA at 1:00pm to play the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College for another important Region XXI non-conference game.
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