The CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Trenton, NJ this weekend to take on the Vikings of Mercer County Community College. The Lady Knights and Vikings battled to a 0-0 tie in double overtime. With the ties the CCRI is now 5-3-1 on the season.
Play was quite even throughout the first half with both teams having a few quality scoring chances but no one could find the back of the net. The second half of play wasn’t much different form the first until the Lady Knights seemed to begin to dominate play a bit as both teams battled back and forth. Freshman forward Catherine Lopes (Warren, RI) had a great opportunity on a partial breakaway chance but her shot just missed wide nearly picking the corner of the net low to the left side. There were a few scary moments for both teams in the half but no one broke the ice sending the teams to overtime play.
Each team battled hard in the first ten minute overtime session with both have a few scoring chances keeping the game scoreless. The second overtime period wasn’t much different with the game ending in a 0-0 overtime draw giving CCRI goalkeeper Jenn Kilburn (Norton, MA) her third consecutive game shutout and fifth on the season in nine games.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the match, “This was a very energetic and hard fought game by both teams today. It was certainly an adventure of sorts. Both teams had their chances but neither of us could penetrate the goal. Mercer is a much improved team this year with a lot of quality players but we held our own today. Our goalkeeper, Jenn Kilburn and our defense have been solid so far this season yielding only nine goals in nine games. We’ll take the tie on the road and go forward.”
The Lady Knights travel to Newark, NJ to face the Wolverines of Essex County College Sunday at 1pm.
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.