The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team saw their run for a CUNYAC Championship end this afternoon at Brooklyn College, where the Dolphins dropped a 2-0 decision to the No. 4 seeded Baruch College, the defending CUNYAC Champs. Baruch improved to 11-5-2 overall and avenged a 2-0 loss to the Dolphins earlier this season, while the Dolphins finalized their season at 10-9-2.
On a rain-soaked day the Dolphins just could not deliver, struggling for scoring chances all day, never accumulating much in the way of extended possession and momentum. Still, the game remained scoreless at the end of 45 minutes, despite Baruch holding a 6-2 edge in shots.
The Bearcats started to pepper the Dolphins net with increased success in the second frame. The squad got off three shots near the goal of John Gioeli with two getting blocked before a CSI foul stopped play and gave BC a free kick just 9 minutes into the second half. Victimized by the free kick all season, BC made it hurt when Kevin Romero powered one past Gioeli off of the free-kick feed from Danny Goldberg. That made the score 1-0 at the 54-minute mark.
CSI also fell behind in their quarterfinal vs. Medgar Evers so they had experience having to mount comebacks, only this time, the Baruch defense was up to the task. CSI only got off two shots over the next 20 minutes, forcing BC keeper Helder Correira to make both saves.
Then with just under 15 minutes left, the wheels fell off for CSI. With 11:59 left, William Rosales would score for BC off of a corner kick from Romero, and that made it 2-0. Now frustrated, CSI started to pick up fouls, gaining three yellows and a pair of red cards issued to Vasyl Fedortsi and Jacob Szumanski, who will be forced to miss CSI’s next game, whether it be a part of this season or next.
In total, BC outshot CSI, 18-5, although the count was even at 5-5 in shots on goal.
This marked the third-straight year that Baruch was able to get by CSI in semifinal play, and CSI fell to 3-4 all-time against Baruch all-time as part of CUNYAC Postseason play. The team will now await word on a possible ECAC Metro NY/NJ Tournament selection. Those are announced on November 10.