CSI WOMEN BOUNCE BROOKLYN TO STAY PERFECT IN CUNYAC

Melissa Gelardi's five assists in the game were a record at CSI, as were Demi-Jean Martorano's five goals

The College of Staten Island women’s soccer squad raised their CUNYAC mark to 3-0 on Monday, taking down Brooklyn College in the team’s first-ever meeting, 14-4, at the Brooklyn College Soccer Field in Brooklyn, New York.  The game did mark the end of a 981-minute streak where the Dolphins had not allowed a goal to a conference opponent dating back to 2010, but the Dolphins did bump their record up to 6-3 overall.  BC ran their overall record to 2-3-1 overall and fell to 1-3 in conference play.

Despite the lop-sided final score, the game was heavily-competitive through the first 20 minutes.  It was the Bulldogs that tallied first, via a Shani Abrahams goal that hit paydirt at 13:27.  It was the first goal allowed by the Dolphins since the 2010 CUNYAC Championship game, a 3-1 loss to Medgar Evers College. 

CSI responded almost immediately, controlling play and getting an equalizer from Samantha Wysokowski off of a Deanna Kvetkoff cross just 1:51 later.  The Dolphins then got ahead on the scoreboard just over four minutes later, when Wysokowski raced in one-on-one against keeper Karolina Gorda, giving CSI a 2-1 lead.  That lead too was short-lived, as Brooklyn used a Sayla Flores goal on a breakaway of her own to knot the score up at 2-2 just 1:16 later, at the 20:56.  CSI retaliated, this time on a Melissa Gelardi tally at 22:24, to make it 3-2.  Then, starting at the 28:33 mark, CSI junior Demi-Jean Martorano scored two goals in a span of 3:07, to give CSI a bigger cushion, at 5-2.

The offensive explosion continued when BC’s Catherine Quinn got another passed CSI’s Cassandra Black, who was making her first start of the season in goal, at the 33:41 mark, making it 5-3.  CSI would have the last laugh, however, as both Wysokowski (at 34:35) and Martorano (with 33 seconds remaining in the half) completed first-half hat-tricks, giving CSI a commanding 7-3 lead at intermission.

CSI followed up with another seven-goal explosion in the second half.  The onslaught featured another two goals from Martorano, one by Wysokowski, and a hat-trick for sophomore Gabriella Galeano.  Matea Marie DeNoble added another for the Dolphins while Flores tallied again for BC. 

The 14 goals scored by CSI set a new single-game program record, surpassing the previous high of 11.  Martorano’s five goals were also a new CSI record, as were Melissa Gelardi’s five assists.  CSI enjoyed a 42-9 edge in shots (32-7 on goal).

CSI will be back in action this Saturday, when they host visiting John Jay College at 12 Noon as part of Homecoming weekend.

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