The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team had a strong entry into its conference slate of games this season, coasting by visiting Lehman College in the CUNYAC opener for both teams, 7-0, in an afternoon contest played at the CSI Soccer Complex. The Dolphins extended to 2-1 overall on the season with the victory, while the Lightning fell to 1-2 overall.
CSI was in complete control for most of the way, dominating possession and taking a series of shots at the Lehman end before hitting paydirt twice in the first ten minutes. For the third straight time this season, Samantha Wysokowski opened up the scoring, taking a lead pass at midfield from Sara Gugliucci and racing in untouched for the final 35 yards. Wysokowski made a strong move on LC keeper Mayra Shuguli and went right to pop in the goal from a few yards out to give CSI the lead at the 5:54 mark. Less than three minutes later, sophomore Liana Denaro made a nice move from the right of goal to squeeze into the goal box, and then fed junior Demi-Jean Martorano who stuffed the ball in from point-blank range.
Still holding complete momentum, CSI added another Wysokowski goal at 26:23, this time via a 10-yard shot off of a Danielle Alexandrini cross. Less than five minutes after that, another Alexandrini cross found the waiting foot of Gabriela Galeano, who punched another in to give CSI a 4-0 lead at intermission.
CSI added three second-half goals, two by Martorano to help her complete the hat trick. Melissa Gelardi added assists on both Martorano goals, the second one off of a corner kick. Deanna Kvetkoff tallied her first career goal, firing in a shot from the top of the goal box into the lower right corner of Shuguli.
The Dolphins out-shot Lehman, 28-5 (14-1 on goal), and took advantage of their bench, utilizing 11 reserves to Lehman’s one.
The Dolphins will return to action on Tuesday, September 11 at 4pm, when they play host to visiting New Jersey City University as part of non-conference play.