CCRI Women’s soccer team traveled to Orange, New Jersey on Sunday to face off against the Wolverines of Essex County College. The Lady Knights defeated the wolverines 2-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 6-3-1 on the season.
Play was intense from the start with both teams feeling each other out. The Lady Knights had the edge in play throughout the half but Essex held their own until the 36th minute of play when freshman forward Kyanna Ivey-Jones (Pawtucket, RI) scored on a pass from freshman midfielder Kendra Levesque (Warwick, RI). Ivey-Jones placed the ball along the ground under the Essex goalkeeper giving CCRI a 1-0 halftime lead.
As the second half began both teams continued to fight hard. Two and a half minutes into the half Essex midfielder Marie Alidou worked her way through the Lady Knights defenders and scored on a shot that found the lower left side of the CCRI goal knotting the score at one apiece. The goal gave Essex some momentum but CCRI continued to push the ball to their third of the field by winning the ball at midfield. Both teams were awarded some free kicks in dangerous areas but they were unable to convert. As the half continued the Lady Knights seemed to start to take the game over threatening the Essex goal. In the 36th minute of play CCRI had Essex back on their heels peppering their goalkeeper when another Essex player was hit in the hand awarding the Lady Knights with a penalty kick. Sophomore midfielder Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI) stepped to the line and blasted the ball past the Essex goalkeeper Alexandra Desgagne giving CCRI a 2-1 advantage and eventually the victory.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Coach Bannan and I are very proud of our team’s performance today and yesterday. Playing back to back games on the road with many having minor injuries is a difficult thing but our players showed us today that they have a lot of fight in them. We are especially proud after having to play an extra twenty minutes of overtime the day before today’s match. Our goalkeeper, Jenn Kilburn is the best keeper I’ve seen this season up to this point as our team has only given up 10 goals in as many games. This was a very successful weekend for our team and I’m very happy for our players and their efforts.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday when they will travel to Brockton, MA to face the Warriors of Massasoit CC in a Region XXI non-league game at 3:30pm.
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.