10.13.12: The 13th ranked (NSCAA poll 10/9/12) traveled to Trenton, NJ this past Saturday to take on the Mercer County Community College Vikings. The Lady Knights and Vikings battled to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. With the tie the Lady Knights are now 7-3-2 on the season.
The Lady Knights came out of the gates playing hard and dominated play right from the opening whistle. In the 10th minute of play sophomore Co-Captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly, RI) scored on a pass from freshman forward Jessica Hammond (Warwick, RI) as LeClair deflected Hammond’s pass up high into the Mercer goal. As play continued the teams went back and forth with a few scoring opportunities at each end of the field with the edge going to CCRI but the Lady Knights just couldn’t finish.
As the second half of play began the game became more physical but CCRI still carried the play and held onto the 1-0 lead. In the first 15 minutes of the half a CCRI defender was issued a second yellow card which prompted her ejection from the game. With the Lady Knights playing short-handed, they still managed to keep Mercer off the board. However, with approximately eight minutes remaining in regulation a Mercer player took a well-placed shot to Lady Knights’ goalkeeper Alex Place’s (East Greenwich, RI) left. As Place was moving across to make a routine save she slipped and couldn’t reach the ball giving Mercer the tying goal. Regulation ended with the score 1-1.
As the overtime period began both teams had a few scoring chances, especially CCRI who hit the top crossbar of the goal twice. After a scoreless first 10 minute overtime period the teams began the second overtime. Neither team could find the back of the net with the game ending in a hard fought 1-1 tie.
CCRI Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “This is a game we clearly should have won. It was totally unfortunate that our goalkeeper slipped and could not get to what should have been a routine save but those things happen sometimes. Alex (Place), our goalkeeper has been playing great for us all season long and she really didn’t deserve that unfortunate miscue. Coach (Kathy) Bannan and I are very proud of our players as they played hard in very adverse conditions and being a player short for more than half the game. Unfortunately luck was not on our side today as we didn’t make the most of our scoring opportunities.”
The Lady Knights travel to Newton, NJ on Sunday to play the Skylanders of Sussex County Community College at 12 noon.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 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.