Warwick, R.I. – October 5, 2017: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA for a Region XXI non-league game on Wednesday. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 4-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 2-3 on the season and 2-1 in Region XXI play.
This game was a rematch from the Lady Knights’ first victory of the season on September 21 when CCRI traveled to Brockton and defeated the Warriors 4-1. In that game Kat Raposo (Warwick, RI) scored her first career hat trick (three goals). Their second meeting on the Lady Knights’ home turf was very similar. Both teams battled back and forth for the first half hour of the contest with both teams having scoring opportunities. For Massasoit Alexandra Santos was utilizing her top-end speed to create space down the left flank to create opportunities for herself and her teammates. Santo’s efforts were thwarted by Tri-Captain defender Isabella Rinne (Richmond, RI) and freshman defender Julia Hill (Warren, RI) who once again played marvelously in front of goalkeeper Eliza Rohrer (Bozeman, MT) who registered her first clean sheet of the season.
The Lady Knights began their own series of attacks late in the first half and with about 15 minutes left in the half sophomore midfielder Meghan Letendre (West Warwick, RI) got CCRI on the scoreboard to give CCRI a 1-0 lead. Just a couple moments later, freshman forward Kat Raposo would extend the Lady Knights’ lead with her first tally of the day to give CCRI a 2-0 cushion. From there the Lady Knights began to possess the ball and utilized a 12-pass combo which culminated with Julia Hill passing it forward to Meghan Letendre who found an open Kat Raposo for her second tally of the day to give CCRI a 3-0 lead. To complete an impressive eight minute offensive outburst by the Lady Knights Kat Raposo completed her “Kat Trick” by scoring her third goal of the day to give CCRI a 4-0 lead which they would take into the halftime break.
In the second half the Lady Knights stayed in control of the game though Massasoit made a tactical switch to put Alexandra Santos on the backline which helped rebuff any CCRI’s second half scoring opportunities. Though the Lady Knights did not tally a second half goal they did continue to play stellar defense which resulted in the first career shutout for freshman Goalkeeper Eliza Rohrer.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Saturday the 14th when they will host the Wolverines of Essex County Community College from Newark, NJ for a match beginning at 11am at the CCRI Soccer complex in Lincoln, RI.
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