The CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Brockton, MA Wednesday to take on the Warriors of Massasoit Community College in a Region XXI non-league game. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 4-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 7-3-1 overall while remaining undefeated 4-0 in Region XXI play.
The game started with both teams fighting hard with each other to create some scoring opportunities but neither team could break the ice. The game remained scoreless until the 30th minute of play. The Warriors got the ball down into the CCRI 18 yard box and found their leading scorer Kayla Gomes who turned, took the shot and scored to the left hand bottom corner of the goal giving Massasoit a 1-0 lead. That’s how the first half of play would end with the Warriors leading 1-0.
As the second half began the Lady Knights came out hard and strong and kept the ball in Massasoit’s end of the field. In the second minute of play CCRI was awarded a corner kick. Sophomore co-captain midfielder Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI) took the corner kick. Perez put up an excellent ball that the Massasoit goalkeeper Laura Ellis just couldn’t handle as it went off her hands and into the goal knotting the game at 1-1. At that point CCRI began to gain momentum as they took over the game and began to dominate play. In the 70th minute of play freshman forward Kyanna Ivey-Jones (Pawtucket, RI) took a pass from freshman midfielder Kendra Levesque (Warwick, RI) and scored on a shot from about 16 yards out giving the Lady Knights a 2-1 lead. CCRI continued to dominate play and in the 84th minute of play freshman forward Armani Gomez (East Providence, RI) scored on a pass from freshman Amber Duhamel (Pawtucket, RI) giving CCRI a 3-1 advantage. Five minutes later Kyanna Ivey-Jones found the net again on an assist from Armani Gomez making the score 4-1 and that’s how the game would end. This was the Lady Knights fifth consecutive game without a loss, charting a 4-0-1 record over that span.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “We came out totally flat today and Massasoit took advantage of that early in the match. I don’t know if we were tired from our two games in New Jersey this past weekend or not but we cannot afford to come out like that against any team. I give Massasoit a lot of credit as they are a much improved Division 3 team. I always tell our players that there are two halves to a game and we played somewhat better in the second half today. Massasoit has a couple of dangerous players who can score and we really needed to be aware of that today.” Grassini later added “The best news we received today right after the match that our goalkeeper Jenn Kilburn (Norton, MA) was named NJCAA National Goalie of the week! She has played well only yielding 11 goals against in 11 games played so far this season for a .97 GAA. We are quite pleased and happy for her.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday at 1:00pm when they face the No. 3 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln.
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.