Warwick, R.I. – August 29, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team continued play in their weekend in Baltimore by facing the Knights of CCBC-Essex. The CCRI Lady Knights defeated CCBC-Essex 2-1. With the victory CCRI improves to 1-1 on the young season.
In the second game for CCRI o the weekend they had a morning contest versus the hosting CCBC-Essex Knights at 10:00am. CCRI looked like a different and determined team as they dominated play form the outset. In the 10th minute of play freshman midfielder Kendra Tantimonico (Warwick, RI) dribbled the ball into the corner, beating the Essex defender and crossing the ball in front of the goal where freshman Laura Lopes (Warren, RI) tapped it in for a quick 1-0 lead, from the point the Lady Knights would continue to dominate the match. In the 30th minute of the second half CCRI was awarded a corner kick. Freshman forward Melissa Zeman (Coventry, RI) served the ball and sophomore Faithe Fernandez (North Providence, RI) got a head onto the ball and gave CCRI the 2-0 lead with just 15 minutes left to play. However, Essex was not done as they pressed and were able to cut the lead in half 2-1 on a breakaway goal from sophomore Alyson Greenstein with just 10 minutes remaining. Essex continued to pressure CCRI but their defense held up and was able to give the Lady Knights the 2-0 victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashely Van Bemmelen (North Providence, RI) helped preserve the win by making some key difficult saves to preserve the CCRI victory.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the victory “Coach (Kathy) Bannan and I are very proud of our team for bouncing back today and giving us a split this weekend to open the season. Our players, mostly freshmen, never gave up this weekend playing in excess heat and humidity. The weekend was a learning experience for all of us.”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Saturday September the 3rd when they will host the Skylanders of Sussex County Community College from Newton, NJ at 12noon 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.