The CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Springfield, MA yesterday to take on the Pride of Springfield College Junior Varsity team. The Lady Knights lost to the Pride 2-1. With the loss the Lady Knights are have a 2-2 record for the season.
Springfield took a quick 1-0 lead in the 8th minute of play as forward Stephanie Scriglio scored on a beautiful shot that hit the upper 90˚ corner of the CCRI goal over outstretched goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA). As play continued Springfield pressured the CCRI defense but the Lady Knights held on without yielding another goal during the first half of play.
As the second half began both teams traded some scoring chances but could not convert. Freshman forward Kyanna Ivey-Jones (Pawtucket, RI) broke away alone towards the Springfield goal and put up a quality shot but goalkeeper Heather DeLude was able to make a very nice save to thwart her effort. The teams continued to go back and forth trading quality chances with Springfield having the slight edge. With approximately 12 minutes left in the match Springfield struck again on another goal by Stephanie Scriglio giving the Pride a 2-0 lead. Her second goal was similar to her first making it a very difficult save for Kilburn. However, eight minutes later CCRI finally got on the board with just five minutes left in the match with a goal from Co-Captain midfielder Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI) assisted by sophomore midfielder Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI). As the game closed CCRI had a chance to tie the game with another quality scoring opportunity when they were awarded a direct free kick just 24 yards out from the Springfield goal. Perez, known for her long-range shooting and excellent set pieces, took the kick and put the ball into a dangerous area in from of the Pride’s goal but none of the other Lady Knights could convert for the game tying goal.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game; “Springfield is always a tough opponent and they always have a bunch of quality players. They gave us a tough time tonight but our team is not one that will ever give up. Games of this nature can only help us get better as a team. Sophomore midfielder Carla Porras had an outstanding game showing some great skill and dazzling footwork throughout the entire match.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be next Wednesday September 17th when they will host Region XXI rival Bulldogs of Dean College at 4:00pm for a pivotal league game at the CCRI soccer complex located on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI.
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.