Warwick, R.I. – October 31, 2016: The CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Brooklyn, NY yesterday to take on the Region XV champion Avengers of ASA College for the right to advance to District play. The Lady Knights lost to the avengers 8-2. With the loss CCRI ends their season with an 8-7-1 record while ASA advances to the District Tournament November 5 th and 6 th at Monroe CC in Rochester, NY.
The Avengers put the pressure on CCRI early as sophomore forward llana Mendonca scored in the fourth minute giving ASA a quick 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later Mendonca struck again on a clean breakaway giving the Avengers a quick 2-0 advantage. The Avengers continued to pressure the Lady Knights. In the 34th minute of play Mendonca scored again as she beat a CCRI defender and recorded the hat trick goal giving ASA a commanding 3-0 lead. Five minutes later CCRI was finally able to generate some offense as Co-Captain Kaitlin Murrin (Norton, MA) threaded a nice through ball pass to freshman Mercedes Faust (Warwick, RI) who placed the ball over the outstretched Avenger goalkeeper putting the Lady Knights on the board. With a 3-1 lead ASA continued to pressure CCRI’s defense. With two minutes left in the half the Avengers Samara DaSilva scored an unassisted goal giving ASA a commanding 4-1 halftime lead.
The second half of play was not much different as ASA continued their offensive domination exploding for 4 more goals throughout the half. CCRI was awarded a penalty shot and Co-Captain Natalie Gallucci (Coventry, RI) converted making the final score 8-2.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game. “Coach Bannan and I knew it would be a tough match today. ASA is a very talented team who has the ability to possess the ball with a lot of patience. They find the open person and move very well without the ball. Their passing is excellent and our team just could not keep up with them today.”
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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.