LATE FIRST HALF SURGE POWERS DREW OVER CSI WOMEN, 5-0

The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team saw their five game win streak snapped tonight, falling hard to Drew University, 5-0, in non-conference play in Madison, New Jersey.  The Dolphins fell to 11-4 overall, while Drew extended to 7-8. 

Drew controlled the action from the get-go, peppering the CSI net with a total of 37 shots in 90 minutes, next to CSI’s eight.  The home team got on the scoreboard just over 10 minutes in, when a Kiana Lundy pass found the waiting head of Katie O’Keefe, who punched it in from 10-yards out for her sixth marker of the season.  Despite a feverish attack, CSI was able to keep Drew off the scoreboard until a three-goal in four-minute spurt late in the first half put the game away.

At 39:28, Christine Meconi posted her 9th goal of the year via a Caroline Kuras cross, and exactly two minutes later, Courtney Carnevale dribbled in herself in the box to lace a shot past CSI keeper Samantha Wysokowski to make it 3-0.  Then, just 1:36 later, Carnevale netted another on an O’Keefe cross.

The 4-0 intermission lead didn’t stop the Rangers from attacking, as the home team added another 21 shots in the second half (10 on goal), finally seeing Carnevale complete her hat trick at 71:47.  Melissa Gelardi played admirably in goal for the first time this season in the game’s second half, turning away 9 shots.

Drew held the overall advantage in shots, 37-8 (18-3 on goal), with a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.  In a neat twist, there were no fouls in the contest whatsoever.

CSI will play Berkeley College on Wednesday at 4pm for its annual Senior Day festivities.

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