WYSOKOWSKI’S 2OT WINNER LIFTS CSI OVER PURCHASE, 3-2

College of Staten Island senior Samantha Wysokowski scored two goals, the second in the 103rd minute of play, to help lead the women’s soccer squad to a 3-2 finish over Purchase College as part of non-conference play in Purchase, NY.  CSI improved to 4-1 overall, while the Panthers fell to 0-4.
 
In a statistical dead heat, both teams saw swings of good play throughout, and the game’s first 10 minutes proved that it would be a good one.  Just 7:37 into the first half, Nina Brennan found an open Riley Graham, who put a shot into the corner of the goal past CSI keeper Kristy Colangelo, to stake the home Panthers to a 1-0 lead.  The lead was short lived, as CSI took the proceeding kick-off at midfield and raced down the pitch.  Danielle Alexandrini crossed a pass into the box that Wysokowski slammed home o tie the score at 1-1 just seven seconds later.
 
CSI out-shot Purchase, 8-7, in the opening stanza, but both teams missed good chances.  In the second frame, the Panthers clearly had the better of play, out-shooting CSI, 18-8, but many of the shots went sailing wide or were low-percentage in nature.  With time winding down, the stalemate continued, but CSI capitalized with 22 minutes to play.  This time, freshman Lauren Smith did it on her own, dribbling in the box and putting a shot into the far corner to put CSI up, 2-1.
 
The Dolphins tried to put on clamps defensively but Purchase would not falter.  In the 80th minute, Emily Salter crossed a ball into the box and again waiting for it was Graham, who beat Colangelo on the short side to knot the game at 2-2 with just 10:10 remaining.
 
Neither team could get the go-ahead in regulation, so they moved to overtime, and there the shots were at a premium.  After being out-shot, 3-1, in the first overtime, CSI would get the only shot of the second overtime, and it proved to be the game winner.  With about seven minutes to play, Wysokowski was fouled, and at first it appeared a penalty kick was given.  Instead, CSI got a free kick opportunity from just outside the 18-yard box.  Wysokowski did the honors, and laced a goal past PC keeper Breanna Leon to give the Dolphins the golden goal victory, 3-2.
 
For the game, PC out-shot CSI, 28-18 (13-12 on goal) and enjoyed a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.  CSI committed seven offsides violations.  Alexandrini led all Dolphins with seven shots (four on goal), while Colangelo made 11 saves.  OW was paced by Graham’s 10 shots (five on goal).
 
CSI will be right back in action tomorrow night, as they usher in CUNYAC play with a game against Medgar Evers College at Aviator Field at 8pm.

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