The CCRI Lady Knights women’s soccer team hosted Region XXI rival Bulldogs of Dean College yesterday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 6-0. With the victory, the Lady Knights improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Region XXI play. In addition, the victory marked the 200th victory under Head Coach Dennis Grassini and Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan.
The Lady Knights took a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute of play as sophomore Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI) scored off a corner kick from sophomore Co-Captain Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI). CCRI took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
With only a 1-0 advantage the Lady Knights came out on fire in the second half of play scoring five more goals. Leading the way was sophomore Co-Captain Midfielder Stepheny Perez who tallied four second half goals! Three of the goals were unassisted: scoring on a corner kick, a direct free kick, and a penalty kick. Sophomore forward Ashley LeClair (Westerly, RI) scored her first goal on the young season sandwiched in-between Perez’s four goals. LeClair was able to poke in a rebound off of a scramble out in front of the Dean goal. Freshman forward Kyanna Ivey-Jones (Pawtucket, RI) picked up her first point of her career as she was awarded an assist on CCRI’s sixth goal which was Perez’s fourth. The Lady Knights totally dominated the second half of play. Also having an excellent game was freshman goalkeeper Jenn Kilburn (Norton, MA) earning her second shutout of the season.
Coach Grassini commented after the game, “We came out flat and had just an awful first half of play today making many fundamental and mental mistakes. However, I give our team a lot of credit in turning things around in the second half of play. We always tell our team that there are two halves to a game and today they knew that they had played only one-half.”
Grassini added “Coach Bannan and I reached a career milestone today winning our 200th game and we attribute this feat to all of the players we have coached from 2000 to the present. We thank each and every one of them for allowing us to enjoy and share in this moment.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Saturday, September 20th, when they will host No. 15 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY at 11am as part of a soccer doubleheader with the Knights playing MCC at 1pm 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.