On Saturday the CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to take on the No. 15 ranked (NJCAA DI1 Poll) Mustangs of Monroe College. The Lady Knights fell to the 15th ranked Mustangs 2-0. With the loss the Lady Knights drop top 0-3 on the season.
As the game began the Lady Knights took it to the Mustangs and dominated play for the first 10 minutes. The teams played relatively even until the Mustangs’ forward Ana Rodrigues broke in alone on Tri-Captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) and scored an unassisted goal giving Monroe a 1-0 halftime advantage.
As the second half began the two teams battled back and forth with both having some scoring chances. At one point the Lady Knights had a golden opportunity to score but just missed an open net shooting the ball about a foot wide along the ground. Both teams continued to battle evenly until the Mustangs’ Ana Rodrigues struck again, giving a beautiful back heel pass to winger Gemma Craine sending her in on goal all alone on another breakaway giving Monroe a commanding 2-0 lead in the contest. That is how the game would end in a 2-0 Monroe College victory.
Lady Knights’ Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game: “Monroe is a very good team but I thought we played pretty well and even up for most of the contest. Alex Place played another outstanding game in goal today. You couldn’t blame her one bit. We gave up two breakaway goals today and that was our demise. Betti Worth (Manchester, England) played outstanding. She is solid as a rock for us! Even though we came up short today Coach Bannan and I saw a lot of positives within our game. We had our scoring chances but we didn’t make the most of our opportunities today. We have a real tough and competitive schedule this season but some untimely injuries have set us back a bit but I am confident that we will recover and be there at the end when it really counts.”
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.