The red hot College of Staten Island women’s soccer squad continued their winning streak this afternoon to cap the 4th Annual CSI Fall Classic, defeating Old Westbury at the CSI Soccer Complex in Staten Island, NY, 1-0. The Dolphins scored a late goal by Danielle Alexandrini in the 78th minute to take home the victory over the Panthers.
The Panthers (1-2) started the game strong and kept pouring on the attacks against the Dolphins’ back line. The Panthers had a very good attempt on goal just five minutes into the game when a corner kick sent a surging ball to the back post which was soared just inches wide of the left post. OW keeper Melissa Muller didn’t face many chances from the Dolphins in the first half as she was forced to take action just four times early on. The combination of the hot weather and two games in 24 hours started to take a toll on the Panthers late in the game and the Dolphins took advantage and made the Panthers pay.
Staten Island (3-0) stepped on the field with a purpose this afternoon. The Dolphins were dominated last year by Old Westbury despite a 1-0 score line, and CSi was looking to reverse their fortunes. As the half wore on the Old Westbury defensive line started to show vulnerability as the Dolphins started finding cracks and exploiting them. The Dolphins attack continued in the second half despite the heat and their persistence paid off with 12:12 remaining in the game when Samantha Wysokowski put the ball into the box where Danielle Alexandrini got a touch on the ball to put it over the keeper and through her hands and into the goal. That goal was Alexandrini’s fifth one through just three games.
The Panthers refused to leave this game quietly as the last 10 minutes was spent in the Dolphins’ final third desperately trying to find an equalizer. The Dolphins defense was equally as determined to keep their clean sheet which they did surviving wave after wave of Panther attacks.
Kristy Colangelo now has two clean sheets through three games this season and has only allowed one goal.
No cards were issued in this contest. CSI bested Old Westbury in corner kicks as the Panthers had six while the Dolphins had 9. CSI had three attacks called back due to an offside call whereas the Panthers only saw two come back.
The Dolphins are back in action on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 pm in Newark, NJ when they take on Rutgers-Newark.