The College of Staten Island women’s soccer program grabbed both weekly City University of New York Athletic Conference honors this week, the first to kick off the 2010 season, as Dolphins captain Lauren Neglia was named Player of the Week, while freshman forward Demi-Jean Martorano was named Rookie of the Week. The two helped anchor a 2-0 week for CSI, one that saw them out-score their opposition by a 13-1 count.
Neglia, a versatile midfielder, has been a stalwart to the attacking midfield, and the senior turned in a pair of outstanding games a week ago. In CSI’s 9-1 winner over NYU-Polytech, she grabbed her first goal of the season on a strike from outside the box and to the right of goal, bending a ball in on a free kick to pad CSI’s lead to 5-0. She added another on a breakaway 17 minutes later before assisting on a Natalie Tombasco tally in the closing minutes.
In CSI’s weekend 4-0 win over the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Neglia was equally up to task, knocking home a corner kick assist from Christina Sgarlato just 11 minutes in to give CSI a 2-0 advantage. Early in the second stanza Neglia uncorked a corner kick of her own for an assist to have another exceptional game. Neglia finished her week with eight shots.
Martorano, a freshman standout from Staten Island’s New Dorp High School made quite the early impression for the Dolphins, scattering 13 shots total and a pair of goals in each contest. The attacking forward notched her first collegiate goal just 5:19 into her first game, converting a Polytechnic turnover into a one-on-one strike to get CSI off to a 1-0 lead against the Fighting Blue Jays. Martorano wasn’t done there, blasting in a shot from the right of goal mouth at the 24th minute to add to the lead.
The striker got her first game-winning goal of the year in the win against CMSV. Her goal at 8:16 was all CSI needed, but for extra measure, Martorano tallied another in the 51st minute to put CSI 3-0 in that contest.
The Player and Rookie of the Week honors are the first ever in CSI Women’s Soccer history, as the CUNYAC has introduced the awards this year. The Dolphins will resume their season tonight, when they travel to Madison, NJ, to take on FDU-Florham in out-of-conference play at 7pm.