Warwick, R.I. – October 16, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Wolverines of Essex County Community College from Newark, NJ on Saturday. The Lady Knights also celebrated Sophomore Day for their eight sophomores playing in their final home match for CCRI. The players honored were: Tri-Captain Gabrielle Caruso (Cranston, RI), Tri-Captain Isabella Rinne (Richmond, RI), Tri-Captain Kendra Tantimonico (Warwick, RI), Laura Lopes (Warren, RI), Riley McKitchen (Coventry, RI), Meghan Letendre (West Warwick, RI) and Brayton Doar (Glocester, RI). Unfortunately, CCRI lost to the very talented Wolverines 5-1. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 2-4 on the season.
Though CCRI came out on the losing end of the battle they did still get excellent play by CCRI’s defense as a unit. The defensive corps led by Captain Isabella Rinne and helped by Julia Hill (Warren, RI) helped contain a very speedy and athletic squad of the Wolverines on a damp and slick soccer pitch. Essex benefitted from two early goals in each half which put them in a difficult situation. The Lady Knights did their best to battle back in the game but the athleticism and depth of the wolverines became too much for CCRI to overcome. Offensively, the Lady Knights got a boost from freshman forward Kat Raposo(Warwick, RI) who scored her 7th goal of the year. The goal was assisted by sophomore Laura Lopes who dribbled down the wing and found an open Raposo in the 18 yard box, who settled the ball with a deft touch and unleashed a missile that buzzed past the Essex Keeper’s head into the top of the net.
Head Coach Jim McGirr commented after the match: “Two goals scored on us early in each half set the tone for the match. We battled but having 12 players with a couple of players carrying knocks will take its toll over the course of 90 minutes.”
The final game for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday the 18th when they travel to Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA for a game beginning at 4:00pm.
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.