The College of Staten Island women’s soccer made it a perfect two-for-two in their opening week of play, going on the road today to turn back the Dolphins of the College of Mount St. Vincent by a 4-0 count. CSI, which scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of play are now 2-0 to start their season while MSV fell to 0-3.
The Dolphins, who scattered nine goals in their opener over NYU-Polytechnic, wasted little time against MSV, grabbing the lead at the 8:16 mark of the first half, as freshman striker Demi-Jean Martorano forced a turnover just outside the box and uncorked a shot passed MSV keeper Kara McNiss to give CSI the lead that it ultimately would never relinquish.
The gritty game only saw a total of 9 shots in the first half, with CSI holding six of those shots. Still, CSI made their opportunities count, and just 3:25 after Martorano’s goal, captain Lauren Neglia knocked in her third of the season off of a Christina Sgarlato corner kick, placing a ball in the far post to give CSI a commanding 2-0 advantage just 11:41 into the game.
While Victoria Donegan made one lone save in the half, the Dolphins took a 2-0 lead into the locker room. In an almost carbon copy of the first half, CSI scored another pair of quick goals in the second frame. Despite only up three shots on goal in the half, CSI made their shots stand.
At the 50:14 mark, Martorano struck again slicing a shot through the box off of a Neglia corner kick to make it 3-0. Just 1:43 later, at 52:07, midfielder Paige Buono, who did an outstanding job of ball possession all game, came through with an unassisted tally, heading a ball down in the box and striking passed McNish for the 4-0 win.
CSI senior keeper Danielle McLaughlin came in with just over 16 minutes left to share the shutout win with Donegan, with each grabbing two saves in the effort. CSI out shot MSV, 11-9 (8-3 on goal).
Head Coach John Guagliardo was pleased with the comprehensive effort.
“Our defenders in the back did an outstanding job, and our midfield really anchored play,” he said. “This was a nice effort and one to build on for next week.”
CSI will be back in action on Wednesday, September 15, when they travel to Madison, New Jersey, to take on FDU-Florham for a 7pm contest.Boxscore