On Sunday the Lady Knights soccer team traveled to Bel Air, Maryland to take on the Fighting Owls of Harford Community College in the Owls’ season opener. The Lady Knights fell to the fighting Owls 3-2. With the loss CCRI falls to 0-2 on the season.
The Lady Knights came out fast and put Harford back on their heels at the start. Things changed quickly as Harford turned the tables and began to pressure the Lady Knights with some quality scoring chances. In the 33 minute of play Harford’s Madison Ferrara scored as she lofted a high lofting shot over freshman Goalkeeper Sarah Jacques’ (Westerly, RI) head and into the corner giving the Owls a 1-0 advantage. Four minutes later Harford’s Evie Powell scored on a breakaway making the score 2-0. But the Lady Knights battled back, and just a couple of minutes later CCRI Tri-Captain Betti Worth (Manchester, England) scored on a header from a corner kick served by Jessica Hammond (Warwick, RI) putting the Lady Knights back in the game trailing by one goal. However, Harford kept pressing and in the 25 minute of play they scored again making the score 3-1 on a goal from Korey Carroll. Ten minutes later the Lady Knights once again closed the gap on a breakaway goal by freshman Forward Stepheny Perez (Providence, RI) as she was sent in alone on a pass from sophomore Tri-Captain Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI). Both teams went into the Halftime break with the score 3-2.
In the second half Tri-Captain Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) replaced Jacques in net and she came up big making numerous quality saves as the Owls pressured the Lady Knights. Harford was awarded a penalty kick but they hit the post wasting the chance for a two goal advantage. Place continued to play spectacular in goal coming up huge and keeping the Owls at bay. The teams continued to battle back and forth with each having scoring opportunities that they couldn’t finish off. CCRI pressured Harford continuously for the remaining five minutes of the match. With just 20 seconds to play CCRI was awarded a penalty shot with an opportunity to send the game into overtime but the shot went low and wide of the goal keeping the score at 3-2 giving the Owls the victory.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game “Defensively we need to make lots of corrections as we gave up much too many scoring opportunities which we cannot afford to do. Without the spectacular play of Alex Place the score could have been much different today. Losing our first two matches of the season is something we are just not used to doing. Hopefully we can learn from this weekend and move forward”.
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.