The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team got back in the win column this afternoon, scoring an important CUNYAC victory via a 4-0 winner over visiting Hunter College at the CSI Soccer Complex as part of the 2nd annual Homecoming at the College. CSI, which scored all four goals in the first half, lifted their overall record to 7-7, and 3-2 in CUNYAC play, while the Hawks fell to 2-9-2, 2-2-2, respectively.
With only a handful of points separating most every team in the conference, every CUNYAC contest takes on extra meaning, and CSI was more than up for the challenge this afternoon, placing four goals into the Hawks net after the first 40 minutes. The Dolphins scored their first in opportunistic fashion. With the Hunter defense playing the ball backwards, CSI’s Nedgy Nazon pressured Hunter keeper Emmanuel Aprilakis, and Aprilakis’ pass was intercepted by Nazon, and after a quick move to his left, Nazon tallied to give CSI an easy, 1-0, edge at the 15:24 mark.
Exactly 15:24 later, CSI scored again. This time Brandon Cadmen played a free kick from the right of goal into the box, which landed right on the lap of freshman Horatio Reid. Reid played the ball forward and unleashed a rocket passed Aprilakis to give CSI a 2-0 edge. With HC pressing, CSI was able to counter-attack and put up another pair. At 38:37, Nazon struck again, this time when a beautiful bending pass from the left side from Michele Kissi was popped in. Then, just 1:10 later, Cadmen once again picked up an assist, leading Nazon on a cross that the junior punched in from short range, giving CSI the monster, 4-0, edge.
Resorting to a defensive game from there, CSI only allowed two shots (none on goal) in the send stanza, and the Dolphins were able to ride the halftime score all the way to full time. CSI enjoyed a 20-5 edge in shots (11-0 on goal). Keepers Ahmed El-Ghareib and Stephen Caifa enjoyed the shared shutout, while both Nazon and Daniel Tsygankov both posted four shots on goal. Despite allowing all four goals, Aprilakis stopped seven CSI shots, two on point-blank shots by Tsygankov in brilliant fashion.
Next up for CSI will be a conference match against City College of New York on Wednesday, October 10.