The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team had their eight-game win streak come to a close on Monday at the hands of nationally ranked Rutgers-Newark. The Dolphins will travel to take on Baruch College in a CUNYAC clash that will pit two undefeated conference records against one another.
CSI vs. BARUCH COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (8-2, 3-0 CUNYAC) vs. BARUCH (5-2, 3-0 CUNYAC)
Where: Randall’s Island #10, New York, NY
All-Time Series: Baruch leads 21-19-3
Last Meeting: September 28, 2016 – Tied 0-0
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins will look to have a bounce-back performance tonight and it will start with Adrian Cosovic up top. The Dolphins have just two losses on the year and in those losses they have been shutout, so it’s up to Cosovic and co. to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. Freshman center defensive midfielder, Joel Morales, will want to find his way back onto the scoresheet and add to his team-leading three assists. Morales has been able to find gaps in opposing defenses this year to send through balls to his forwards.
Players to Watch (BC): The Bearcats will field the third-highest scorer in the CUNYAC in Cormac Foley. Foley leads the Bearcats with six goals this season, coming on just 20 shots. Distributing the ball to his fellow teammates, putting them in scoring situations is Frank Iacovano. Iacovano paces the Bearcats with four assists on the year, however, he has not been able to find his teammates in two straight games. Victor Torres in the man between the pipes for the Bearcats, starting in all seven games and making 28 saves while allowing 1.5 goals per game.
News and Notes: Baruch comes into tonight’s game on a five-game win streak after starting their season 0-2. Over that five-game stretch, the Bearcats have outscored their opponents 22-4. The Bearcats lead the CUNYAC with only 10 goals allowed on the year, however, it is the Dolphins that lead on the goal allowed per game basis with just 1.1 goals allowed per game while netting three goals of their own. This series has gone back-and-forth over the last five years with both teams posting two wins and two losses with the most recent contest ending in a draw. The Dolphins lead the conference in corner kick attempts with 67 which is 27 more than the second place team. Staten Island has peppered opposing keepers this season with shots and it has shown on the stat sheet, posting 181 shots on the season.