MEN’S SOCCER MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW WITH WIN OVER NJCU

The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team won for the second time in three days, scoring a 3-1 road win over New Jersey City University as part of non-conference play in Jersey City.  The Dolphins improved to 2-5 overall, while the Gothic Knights fell to 1-5-2.

CSI came from behind two goals to score a win over Farmingdale State on Monday, but this time never trailed.  For the first time this season, CSI scored the opening goal, Sophomore leading scorer Nicholas Baccarella tallied at 16:22, winning a loose ball from a defender and launching a one-timer on net that bent passed NJCU keeper Tyler Krychkowski.  From there, however, momentum shifted to the Gothic Knights, and the home squad owned a majority of percentage and chances.  

The Knights struggled to get a bona fide chance at CSI keeper John Gioeli, but when they did Christopher Segovia equalized, launching a shot from the top of the box via a free kick that tucked in the upper left corner past Gioeli in the 31st minute of play.  The shots stayed even from there, and at the half, the score was tied, 1-1.

In the second stanza, the Dolphins controlled the tempo more, and generated more opportunities.  The Dolphins had a sterling chance in the 56th minute of play, but a fingertip save by Krychkowski on a breakaway from Marcin Klim kept the count even.  NJCU countered well when a Nicholas O’Neill shot boomed off of the crossbar eight minutes later and in the 70th minute, Gioeli made what could have been his best save when he dove for a fingertip save off of an Aboubacar Diawara shot.

Moments later, CSI took over the lead again.  A Peter Hanna pass found an open Horatio Reid in the box, and the junior laced one through Krychkowski’s gloves to make it 2-1 at 71:46.  With NJCU pressing for an equalizer, CSI assumed full control just under four minutes later.  This time a Reid cross found Daniel Tsygankov, who redirected the ball in to make it 3-1 with just under 15 minutes left in the game.  CSI then sent numbers back, and NJCU would only register two more shots (one on goal) and the Dolphins held firm for their biggest win of the season.

The win for the Dolphins avenged an 8-1 drubbing the Dolphins suffered against the Knights last season, and was CSI’s first win against NJCU since 1999, breaking a string of five straight losses over that time.

Head Coach John Tardy was happy with the team’s performance.  “It’s starting to come together,” he said.  “We played really well in the second half, generated a lot of chances.  We connected on some good goals and made the best of some opportunities.  It’s definitely something to build off of.”

CSI now has a little steam heading into its first conference game of the season.  The Dolphins will be hosting Baruch College on Saturday at 4pm in what will be their CUNYAC opener.  Baruch defeated CSI in last year’s CUNYAC Tournament Semifinals, 3-2.  The Bearcats are the defending CUNYAC champs, and have won the last eight meetings dating back to 2007. 

Head Coach John Tardy was happy with the team’s performance.  “It’s starting to come together,” he said.  “We played really well in the second half, generated a lot of chances.  We connected on some good goals and made the best of some opportunities.  It’s definitely something to build off of.”

CSI now has a little steam heading into its first conference game of the season.  The Dolphins will be hosting Baruch College on Saturday at 4pm in what will be their CUNYAC opener.  Baruch defeated CSI in last year’s CUNYAC Tournament Semifinals, 3-2.  The Bearcats are the defending CUNYAC champs, and have won the last eight meetings dating back to 2007. 

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