Warwick, R.I. – October 6, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team traveled to Brockton, MA to play the Warriors of Massasoit Community College for a Region XXI non-league match. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 4-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in Region XXI play.
This was the second meeting between the Lady Knights and Warriors this year. On September 20th the Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 7-0 at CCRI in Lincoln. This game would be much different contest on the home turf of Massasoit. However, the Lady Knights did get on the scoreboard quickly, 5:50 into the first half Lady Knights’ Co-Captain Kaitlin Murrin (Norton, MA) crossed the ball into CCRI leading scorer Mercedes Faust (Warwick, RI) who headed the ball into the net past Warriors Goalkeeper Kelly Cronin making the score 1-0. From there the Lady Knights offense took many shots but could not convert them into goals. Both teams went into the halftime break with the score 1-0 CCRI.
The game remained 1-0 for the first 20 minutes of the second half but then the Lady Knights began to find the back of the net. First Murrin, once again, found Faust for another cross that she headed into the goal to make the score 2-0 CCRI. Eight minutes later Riley McKitchen (Coventry, RI) scored a goal from outside the 18 yard box also assisted by Kaitlin Murrin giving her three assists on the day. Two minutes later the Lady Knights tallied their final goal when Murrin scored on an assist from Faithe Fernandez (North Providence, RI) giving CCRI the 4-0 advantage and that is how the game would end.
With five games left in the season the Lady Knights are doing very well with a 6-4 overall record and have a couple players ranked I the top 50 in the NJCAA national statistics. Freshman forward Mercedes Faust is ranked tied for No. 18 in the nation with 14 goals. Also, sophomore Goalkeeper Ashley Van Bemmelen (North Providence, RI) is ranked No. 10 in the nation with 93 saves on the year in 10 games and 906 minutes 48 seconds in net this year.
The next games for the Lady Knights will be this weekend when they travel to New Jersey. On Saturday CCRI will travel to Windsor Township to play the Vikings of Mercer County Community College at 12noon and on Sunday they travel to Newark, NJ to play the Wolverines of Essex County College at 1pm.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.