The College of Staten Island men’s soccer broke open a scoreless tie at halftime to turn back York College by a 3-0 count as part of CUNYAC competition played this afternoon at Randall’s Island. The win improved CSI’s unbeaten streak to eight games, the longest since the 2003 season, and improved CSI to 7-6-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the CUNYAC. Winless in 14 straight dating back to last season, York slipped to 0-11-1, 0-6, respectively.
The Dolphins held a 10-5 edge in shots at the break but CSI failed to connect on many shots on goal, finishing with only seven the entire game. Meanwhile, the Cardinals almost went up early, when a shot by Luis Cordero rocked off of the crossbar just 38 seconds into the game. York, in fact, had the first four shots of the game, before CSI wrestled away the momentum. Still, CSI could not hit pay dirt and the score was deadlocked at 0-0 at the half.
CSI was firing on all cylinders in the second frame. First, Brayan Evo hit the post on a shot just 1:34 into the frame, and just a bit over five minutes later, CSI finally tallied, as Philip Lefkowitz fired in a shot in mid air on a feeder from Evo, giving CSI the 1-0 advantage.
Ten minutes later and with CSI applying heavy pressure, the Dolphins tallied again. Youssef Aly squeezed in a pass to Emmanuel Agboola, who punched in a shot that went through the fingertips of keeper Stephano Archangel, trickling in to give CSI a 2-0 edge. Still struggling to muster up offense, York gave up a back-breaker in the 74th minute, a goal by Marcin Klim on a cross from Agboola.
CSI finished with a 24-7 edge in shots (7-2 on goal). John Gioeli took the win for CSI, making two saves.
Next up for CSI will be their regular season home finale against Berkeley College on Wednesday, October 14, at 4pm. It will also be Senior Day for CSI, as they will honor lone seniors Horatio Reid and Daniel Raffo.