The Dolphins’ five-game win streak came to a halt on Saturday, when they tied CUNYAC opponents 2-2 despite outshooting them 43-7. Today the Dolphins will look to keep their unbeaten streak alive against non-conference opponents, Kean University, when they host them at 3:30 pm at the CSI Soccer Complex.
CSI vs. KEAN UNIVERSITY AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (5-0-1) vs. KEAN (5-2)
Where: 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
All-Time Series: Kean leads 1-0
Last Meeting: September 20, 2016 – Kean won 1-0
Players to Watch (CSI): Lizabeth Aparicio has already toppled her goal total from a season ago, netting three goals this season after scoring just two all of last year. Aparicio is a threat coming from the back line as her speed is hard to contain as well as her positioning on corner kicks. Aparicio is also a force to be reckoned with on defense as she has helped her team allow just three goals in six games this season. Stephanie LaPointe will look to dice apart the Cougars’ defense and try to feed the ball to her forwards to put them in scoring range. LaPointe leads the team this year with three assists and will hope she can help her team this afternoon by collecting a few more.
Players to Watch (KU): Kaitlyn Pallitto and Kendall Machak are the strike force for the Cougars. Pallitto leads the team with three goals while Machak sits close behind with two. Between the pipes is Casey McDonnell and the Dolphins will need their best to put one in on her as she has allowed less than one goal per game this season.
News and Notes: As a team, the Dolphins are allowing .50 goals per game this season while scoring an average of two goals per game. The Dolphins’ defense has also been stout and has protected their goalie, Kaila DiBenedetto, from harm as they have only allowed 26 shots all year. The offense for the Dolphins has had success as they have rifled off 122 shots, good for 20 per game. In last years meeting, the Dolphins were outshot by the Cougars 22-5 after Staten Island was held to no shots in the first half. CSI played well against the Cougars it was an early goal that led to their eventual 1-0 defeat. That season the Cougars went 13-9 and made it to the ECAC Semi-Finals while the Dolphins would go on to win the CUNYAC and once again make the NCAA Tournament to take on Messiah.