The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team is enjoying their finest year as a varsity program and on the heels of their CUNYAC Championship on Saturday, the team was awarded a berth to the 2011 ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason Tournament, earning the seven-team field’s No. 5 seed. CSI (13-4-1) will travel to Jersey City, New Jersey to take on No. 4 New Jersey City University (13-7) on Wednesday, November 9, at 2pm.
CSI finalized its 2011 season in fine fashion, suffering only a single loss in its final 9 games, a stretch that included six shutouts and a perfect run through the CUNYAC regular season. On Saturday at Randall’s Island, the Dolphins captured their sixth CUNYAC Championship in eight seasons, beating No. 3 John Jay College 4-3 on penalty kick shootout after a 0-0 tie through regulation and two overtimes. NJCU, owners of a 4-4 conference mark, were bounced from the NJAC playoffs in the quarterfinal round to Richard Stockton College, 5-2. Still, the Gothic Knights have had a quality campaign that included a 5-2 win over CSI back on September 13.
NJCU has won six of seven overall meetings with the Dolphins dating back to 2004, but this will be the first postseason contest between the two sides. CSI’s last win in the series was back in 2006 (4-0), as the Gothic Knights have won the last four in the series. NJCU is 8-2 at home this season, and are 3-0 all-time against the Dolphins in Jersey City.
New York University (12-6) earned the top-seed in tournament field and will have a bye in the quarterfinal round, playing the winner of CSI-NJCU on Saturday, November 12. In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 Richard Stockton (13-6-4) will take on No. 7 St. Joseph’s-LI (10-9-1), while No. 3 Mount Saint Mary (17-3-1) will take on No. 6 SUNY-Old Westbury (9-8-1). The semifinals will take place at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, with the Championship set for Sunday, all times are to be announced.