The 2014 CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Baltimore, Maryland this past weekend to kick-off their 2014 season. After having their supposed first match cancelled at Montgomery College on Saturday the 23rd due to poor field conditions, the Lady Knights squared off against the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex on Sunday at 12noon. The Lady Knights defeated the Knights of CCBC-Essex 3-0. With the victory the Lady Knights begin the season 1-0.
As the match began CCRI dominated the play throughout the entire first half putting the CCBC-Essex Knights back on their heels. With 19 minutes left in the half freshman forward Anete Encarnacao (Pawtucket, RI) headed the ball into the top left corner of the Essex goal giving CCRI a 1-0 advantage. Assisting on the play was freshman forward Catherine Lopes (Warren, RI). Just three minutes later Lopes tallied a goal of her own placing a long range shot from approximately 20 yards out high and over the head of Essex’s goalkeeper Erika Proulx giving the Lady Knights a 2-0 lead at the half. There was no assist on the play. In addition to the scoring, defensively, freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn (Norton, MA) made a few outstanding saves in the half for CCRI.
As the second half began, Essex came out hard generating some very good scoring opportunities but Kilburn continued to make some excellent saves, including a breakaway to keep Essex scoreless. Both teams went back-and-forth with some quality scoring opportunities. With just 12 minutes left in the game, freshman Anete Encarnacao came up big again as she dribbled through the Essex defense scoring her second goal of the match, unassisted, placing the ball along the ground to the far corner of the net, giving CCRI a 3-0 shutout victory.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game, “Coach Bannan and I are pleased with our team’s effort today. Being together on the field together for the very first time this season we felt we didn’t do that badly. Of course we have a lot of things to work on. Essex came out strong in the second half and really gave us a few scary moments but our goalkeeper, Jennifer Kilburn came up big for us. She really deserved the shutout, she played great today!”
The next game for the Lady Knights will be their home opener this Saturday August 30th at 12noon when they will face the Barons of Burlington County College from Pemberton, NJ. The game will be played at the CCRI soccer complex located on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, RI.
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.
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