The College of Staten Island finally tallied a win this afternoon against New Jersey City University with a statement 6-1 win. The Dolphins had six different players score in the win which boosted them to a 1-6 record overall while the Gothic Knights fell to 1-5.
If you watched today’s game it would have looked like the Dolphins were 7-0 compared to the 1-6 record they currently hold. The Dolphins dominated every part of the pitch this afternoon and the Gothic Knights didn’t have an answer for any of it.
CSI had their foot on the gas pedal from the first whistle. CSI was called for two offsides because of their determination to prove that they’re better than what their record states. That determination paid off in at the 15:22 mark when Brayan Evo capitalized on an error by an NJCU defenseman and found himself one-on-one with John Riggs and was able to bury it far post for the game’s first goal.
CSI didn’t let up as just 10 minutes later Vasyl Fedortsi was the recipient of a poor clearance by Riggs and cranked one over his head and into the goal from 35 yards out for the second goal of the game. At this point the game started to get extremely physical due to a frustrated Gothic Knight’s squad.
The Dolphins spent a good amount of time in NJCU’s half of the field towards the end of the first half as the Dolphins’ constant attack sapped the Gothic Knights of their energy, especially on this extremely hot day. The men moved the ball with extreme precision this afternoon stringing together several passes making NJCU players run all over the field.
Tarek Emam, who came on in the 25th minute, was charging towards goal when he received a nice slip pass from Marcin Klim which found him alone with Riggs. Emam was able tuck it underneath an outstretched Riggs for the third goal of the game towards the end of the first half.
Philip Lefkowitz almost added another tally for the Dolphins right before the half, but saw his attempt go over the goal.
The Dolphins picked up right where they left off and scored just three minutes into the second half when Fedortsi sent a chipped through ball over the top of the Gothic Knight back line where a sprinting Klim was able to get to it and tap it around the keeper for an easy tap in goal. At this point The Dolphins had full control of this game with a 4-0 lead which was the largest of the season.
CSI would increase that lead to 5-0 when Nicholas Bacarella received a ball from Dardan Nika and was able to toe poke it underneath Riggs.
NJCU would finally find their way onto the score sheet when Kevin Cavalcanti took the corner kick and connected with Reggie Nyema for the only NJCU goal of the game.
Nika would get a goal of his own when his persistent pressure on the NJCU defenders paid off when he took the ball from a defender and dribbled right at Riggs where he was easily able to put it away for the game’s final goal.
There were several cards issued in this game. A yellow card was issued to Reggie Nyema, and a red card was issued to the NJCU head coach.
CSI saw three yellows flashed their way (#17 Tarek Emam, #12 Ruben Diaz, #6 Dardan Nika).
The stat lines weren’t that much different as the Dolphins outshot NJCU 18-12 whereas the Gothic Knights had six corners to just two for the Dolphins. CSI had 19 fouls called on them to 14 on NJCU.
Kyle Coffey had an outstanding game in goal only allowing one goal in 82 minutes of action while making three saves.
The Dolphins are back in action Saturday when they travel to Met Oval to play their first CUNYAC game of the season against Baruch College at 1:00 pm.