Warwick, R.I. – October 26, 2015: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to play the defending National champion and No. 7 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Mustangs of Monroe College in their final regular season game. CCRI fell to the defending champions 8-0. However, the game action was much closer than the final score would indicate. With the loss the Lady Knights end the regular season with a 10-6 record.
The Lady Knights have been battling the injury bug all season and this game would be no different as they only had a couple available subs and the Mustangs had waves of reserves which helped the win a battle of attrition buy the end of the game. The first half was played very closely with no team gaining a distinct advantage however, in the 21st minute of play Mustangs Midfielder Aline Delima scored an unassisted goal to give Monroe a 1-0 lead. Both teams played evenly for the rest of the half with the mustangs taking a slim 1-0 lead to the half.
In the second half, Monroe began to wear down the Lady Knights line-up with multiple waves of substitutions to insert fresh legs which ultimately proved to be the difference. About six minutes into the second half Monroe tallied another score as Midfielder Bruna Tavarez scored to give Monroe a 2-0 lead. About thirteen minutes later Delima scored her second making the score 3-0 Monroe. The Lady Knights kept battling but the constant pressure and fresh legs from Monroe were just too much to overcome. Over the last 20 minutes of the game Monroe tallied five goals on a weary CCRI squad to win by the final count of 8-0.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented: “The kids played their hearts out. Though this is not the outcome we desired I cannot fault our team’s effort and heart as they tried to stay in the match.”
The Lady Knights now gear-up for the District E Championship the weekend of November 7th-8th. The participants will be Regional Champions from Regions III, XV, XIX and XXI (CCRI). The Region Championships for Regions III, XV and XIX are coming up this weekend October 30th and 31st.
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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