Allen captures titles against NCAA competition
Standout Bobby Allen (Cranston), who is hoping to dominate the junior college ranks for a second straight year, jumped up to compete against 123 NCAA Division I runners this past weekend at the Nassaney Men’s College 8K race at Bryant University.
Allen beat them all.
The sophomore finished in a time of 25 minutes, 24.5 seconds. He led from wire to wire, out-running Boston University’s Matt Paulson, who put on a late charge to finish just .6 seconds back. Allen held him off with a strong finishing kick over the final 100 meters.
“Bobby proved he is ready for the 2012 season with this effort,” said CCRI head coach Gregg Cornell.
Freshman David Palkovic (Middletown) joined Allen in the big race and held his own with a solid time of 31:17.
“David has a great amount of natural ability and will improve on his time over the season,” Cornell said. “We hope to have more Knights ready to race next week at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Invitational.”
Knights’ men’s soccer falls to ASA 2-0
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team welcomed the ASA Avengers, from Brooklyn, NY to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln Saturday afternoon. The Knights fell to the Avengers 2-0. With the loss, the Knights drop to 1-2 on the season.
After a 4-1 victory earlier in the week over Manchester Community College, the Knights wanted to come out strong to continue their winning streak, but were unable to find an offensive rhythm.
Defensively, the team did well but on two occasions the Knights were unable to clear the ball cleanly. This lack of execution resulted in chances for the Avengers, and they capitalized. ASA scored one goal at the 12:50 mark of the first half as Jose Herrera, with his back to the goal was able to curl a shot passed Knights’ goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry). In the second half, ASA again capitalized on another scramble in front of the Knights’ net as Kareem Kennedy scored on a deflection from Gallucci.
The next match-up for the Knights will be this Thursday, September 13 in Lincoln when they will host regional rival Massasoit Community College from Brockton, Mass.
Lady Knights squeak by Springfield College JV
CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Springfield, Mass., on Thursday to take on the Springfield College JV team. The Knights battled back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Pride 3-2. With the victory, the Lady Knights improved to 4-1 on the season.
In the first half of play Springfield took it to the Lady Knights and grabbed an early 1-0 lead. That advantage held into the second half, but CCRI came out and looked like a different team. In the 16th minute, freshman forward Kassandra Lussier (Warwick) tied the score at 1-1 as she semi-bicycle kicked a shot with her back to the Springfield goal on a scramble in front of the net.
Sparked by that play, the Lady Knights took the lead five minutes later. Freshman midfielder Betti Worth (Manchester, England), scored on another beautiful corner kick from Cait McGarry (Warwick). A double assist was awarded on the play as sophomore midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick) got the ball over to Worth to give the Lady Knights a 2-1 advantage.
With just eight minutes left in the game Springfield was awarded a free kick as one of their players was fouled right outside the 18 yard box. Springfield scored to tie the game at 2-2.
CCRI continued to put pressure on the Springfield defense as the game continued. The pressure paid off and with a little over five minutes remaining in the contest as Sandin dribbled her way through the Springfield defense and placed a nice shot low and into the corner past the Springfield goalkeeper to give the Lady Knights the hard-fought 3-2 victory.
Once again, freshman goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich) came up with some timely saves for the Lady Knights. McGarry had two assists and Sandin added a goal and an assist to lead the offense.
“Springfield is a much improved team this year as we found out tonight,” said head coach Dennis Grassini. “They gave us all we could handle. I always tell our team that there are two halves to a game and they have to play a full 90 minutes. We were lucky escaping with this victory as we only played one half.”