The CCRI women’s soccer team hosted No. 15 ranked (NJCAA DI Women’s Soccer poll) and District rival Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY this past Saturday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. The Lady Knights lost to the Lady Tribunes 3-0. With the loss the Lady Knights’ record falls to 3-3 on the season.
The Lady Tribunes of Monroe came out strong right from the opening whistle totally dominating the play. However, the CCRI defensive corps kept Monroe off the board until the 41st minute of play when freshman midfielder Coumba Sow converted on a pass from freshman defender Sydney Frizzelle giving the Tribunes a 1-0 halftime lead.
Things weren’t much different in the second half of play but the CCRI defense lead by freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA) who kept Monroe off the board until the 79th minute of play when sophomore midfielder Samantha Sansome scored on an assist from Haley Verkey giving the Tribunes a 2-0 advantage. Just two minutes later sophomore forward Jordyn Ruston scored from in close on another assist from Verkey giving Monroe a commanding 3-0 lead, and eventually the final score.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Monroe was all over us today. They are a very good talented team. They are technically and tactically strong and a very clean and physical type team. We only had a few chances all day today and we just couldn’t convert. If we had made it a 1-1 match things could have turned out differently. I give Monroe a lot of credit as they were definitely the better team today. If it weren’t for a two minute lapse on our team’s part late in the second half things could have turned out differently. The score could have been even more lopsided but our goalkeeper Jenn Kilburn was the player of the game today."
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Wednesday the 24th when they will host the Cougars of Holyoke Community College form Holyoke, MA for a Region XXI non-league game at 4pm 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.