The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s soccer teams combined for a 4-0-1 start to their seasons and for their efforts the Dolphins were cited with four total weekly honors from the City University of New York Athletic Conference. The men, who started 3-0 for the first time in 17 years, swept the three three awards, as senior Marcin Klim was named Player of the Week, senior Jacob Szumanski named Defender of the Week, and Erick Conde named Rookie of the Week. On the women’s side, the Dolphins, who did not allow a goal through 200 weekend minutes, saw sophomore Catherine Mulligan named Defender of the Week.
The choice of Klim for Player of the Week was a rather easy one. Klim was dominating in CSI’s first week, tallying six goals and mixing in an assist as CSI scored wins over Farmingdale, Purchase and Yeshiva. Klim registered a career-high four goals in a single game against Yeshiva in what was a 5-0 victory. He has now tallied 24 goals in his career, and his six goals are already just three goals short of the 9 he had last year, which led the team. Klim scored all six of his goals coming off of the bench.
Joining him with weekly honors were two defenders in Szumanski and Conde. Conde scored his first two career starts this weekend and the Dolphins didn’t allow much of anything past their back line through 280 minutes of play last week. Conde and Szumanski patrol the left and right sides and were brilliant all week matching up on the wings against the speed and versatility of their opponents.
The same holds true for Catherine Mulligan, who was one of only a small cluster of CSI players to play every second of the bust weekend on the back end, as CSI recorded back-to-back shutouts, never truly allowing quality chances to come through.
Mulligan and the women’s unit is back in action on Wednesday, taking on Purchase at 4pm in their home opener, while the men are back on their home turf on Friday, hosting Rowan University at 2:00pm.