Warwick, R.I. – August 29, 2016: the CCRI Lady Knights soccer team traveled to the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex (CCBC-Essex) in Baltimore Maryland over the weekend to play two soccer games. On Saturday they faced the No. 8 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Trailblazers of Lewis & Clark Community College form Godfrey, IL and on Sunday they faced the hosting Knights of CCBC-Essex. On Saturday they lost a hard fought match with the Trailblazers of Lewis & Clark 1-0. With the loss CCRI begins the season 0-1.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for a tough battle versus the perennially tough Trailblazers who came into the game with the No.8 ranking by the NJCAA. In addition, it was CCRI’s first game trying to integrate 11 new faces with only five returning players from 2015. However both teams played evenly until the 25th minute when the Trailblazers scored on a long outside shot on a backfield mistake by the Lady Knights. CRI Keeper Ashley Van Bemmelen (North Providence, RI) could not recover in time to stop the shot. From that point forward Lewis & Clark dominated the rest of match in the excessive heat and humidity but did not score again as the game would end with the score 1-0.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the first game “This is the first time out team got to play as a unit and they were a bit rattled against a very solid and experienced team. We were just totally out of sync today offensively but our defense did an excellent job allowing just that one goal against a very experienced team.”
The Lady Knights will have no time to rest as they will face the Knights of CCBC-Essex Sunday morning at 10am on their field.
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.