GAME VIDEO – The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team took to the CSI Soccer Complex this afternoon against CUNYAC rivals City College of New York at 12pm. The Dolphins came into today’s game winless in their last three and that streak continued this afternoon after a late goal lifted the Beavers past the Dolphins, 1-0. With the loss the Dolphins fall to 3-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the CUNYAC after starting 3-0. The Beavers move to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the CUNYAC with the win.
The Dolphins started today’s contest with a shot just 30 seconds into the game, a trend that would last the entire game as CSI would outshoot CCNY 18-4 after everything was said and done. Nermin Kurtesi had that chance just 30 seconds into the game that he soared over the crossbar. Adrian Cosovic was finally able to find some shooting room today and rifled off a total of six shots, two of which were just shy of the post while one required Maxwell Berkow of CCNY to make a save.
CSI kept the pressure on all game as they controlled the tempo and the ball for 65% of the game. CCNY would show glimpses of scoring opportunities but the CSI back line was always there to shut down whatever offensive push the Beavers could bring.
Just minutes into the second half Erick Conde had a golden opportunity blocked by a field player that would ricochet to Peter Hanna for a second opportunity however, his shot would go wide. Dardan Nika nearly put the Dolphins up 1-0 in the 61st minute after the ball found its way to Nika’s foot. Nika would finesse one over the keeps head but was unable to dip it below the bar as it would skip off of the crossbar and go out for a goal kick.
The 72nd minute the Dolphins saw their best chance all game when a cross came into the back post and found Marcin Klim all by himself and an open net. Klim would connect with the ball but send it over the goal for a goal kick.
CSI’s undoing came in the 79th minute from a corner kick, something that plagued CSI all of last season. Freshman goalkeeper Jake Foeldes came off his line to catch a routine ball but was unable to hang onto it. The loose ball caused a scramble inside the six yard box and it was Miguel Muniz who got to it first and put it into the back of the net for the game’s only goal.
The Dolphins needed something in the last 10 minutes but were unable to penetrate CCNY’s parked bus as they brought all 11 players behind the ball and just sent it forward when they gained possession.
The men will return to action and look to break this winless streak against York College at 4:00 pm at the CSI Soccer Complex.