The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Wolverines of Essex County College from Newark, NJ for a match-up of top northeast schools on Sunday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, RI. The Lady Knights won 3-2 in an overtime thriller. With the victory CCRI improves to 2-1 on the season.
Sophomore midfielder Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI) scored the game winning goal in the second minute of the second overtime period giving the CCRI women’s soccer team their first home victory on the young season. Sophomore midfielder Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI) was awarded a free kick about 25 yards out from the Essex goal. She put up a beautiful ball that appeared to be going into the upper left top corner of the goal but the Essex goalkeeper Alexandra Desgagne went up high to try to catch the ball. She got her hands on it but couldn’t control it. Porras attacked the goal mouth to be in the right place at the right time and bury the ball into the back of the Essex goal as it came down from of the keeper. With the dramatic victory the Lady Knights improve to 2-1 on the season.
Early in the match CCRI controlled the play. In the 31st minute of play sophomore midfielder Stepheny Perez got the Lady Knights the lead on a direct free kick as she placed a powerful shot high and over the head of Essex’s goalkeeper Desgagne giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 advantage. However Essex gained some momentum when Perez was issued a yellow card for a pushing infraction, without her, the Lady Knights seemed to be a bit out of sync. With about five minutes left in the half Essex’s Mayra Quintana broke past the Lady Knights defense and tied the score as she lofted the ball into the CCRI net high into the right side of the goal over the head of freshman keeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA).
As the second half began Essex County came out hard pressuring the CCRI goal. In the ninth minute Paula Viana scored on a pass from Jodeen Whyte giving Essex a 2-1 lead. CCRI fought back hard throughout the half but couldn’t seem to break past the Essex defense. However, in the 40th minute of play their persistence paid off as freshman Amber Duhamel (Pawtucket, RI) tied the score at 2-2 as the Essex goalkeeper came too far out of the goal and Duhamel lofted the ball over her head and into the goal. The teams remained tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time.
In the first 10 minute overtime period CCRI had the better chances but couldn’t convert. However just a little over the first minute of play in the second overtime period Porras gave the Lady Knights the victory after a scramble at the goal mouth form the free kick of Perez.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Our goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn was once again solid in goal our defense was pretty solid too. Essex is a good team who passes the ball quite well. They play a physical type game but our team handled that well today. Coach Bannan and I are proud of our team for never giving up. This was a quality win for us today!”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Wednesday the 10th when they will travel to Springfield, MA to play the Pride of Springfield College JV for a match beginning at 7:00pm.
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.