Warwick, R.I. – August 24, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team traveled to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in La Plata, MD for their 2015 season opener. The Lady Knights defeated the Lady Hawks 3-0. With the victory CCRI begins the season 1-0.
CCRI dominated the first half of play but they just could not find the back of the net. The Lady Knights missed on several quality scoring opportunities as both teams went into the break knotted 0-0.
In the second half the Lady Knights came out strong and continued to dominate the Lady Hawks. In the 20th minute of the second half CCRI finally got on the scoreboard as freshman midfielder Samantha Canales (Cranston, RI) scored on a nice pass from sophomore Co-Captain Kendra Levesque (Warwick, RI). Three minutes later Levesque also tallied an unassisted goal as she stole a pass form a Lady Hawks defender and placed the ball in the lower left corner of the net giving the Lady Knights a 2-0 advantage. In the 36th minute of the second half Sophomore Ashley DellaVentura (Cranston, RI) broke threw two CSM defenders for a breakaway and finished by chipping the ball over the head of the Lady Hawks’ keeper to give CCRI a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Co-Captain Goalkeeper Jenn Kilburn (Norton, MA) charts a shutout for her first game in the 2015 Lady Knights’ Campaign.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the victory: “Coach Bannan and I are very pleased with our teams play today. Because this was our first time on the field and one unit we really didn’t know what to expect. They did everything we asked of them and they played with a lot of heart and passion. Everyone worked hard today.”
The Lady Knights will travel to Bel Air, MD Sunday top face the No.12 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Fighting Owls of Harford Community College at 12noon.
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.