The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team is undefeated on the young season, sporting a 1-0 mark after a big road win this weekend. They will look to keep momentum strong when they take on New Jersey City University today at 3:30pm in what will be their 2017 home opener at the CSI Soccer Complex. The Gothic Knights are looking for their first win of the season after an 0-2 start.
CSI vs. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (1-0) vs. New Jersey City University (0-2)
Where: College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: NJCU leads 7-4-2
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI sophomore Victoria Sanchez had a huge role in CSI’s win last week against Keystone. Although only playing 30+ minutes, she fired off six shots, matching her total from all of last season, notching a goal in the 19th minute to open the scoring. Freshman Brittany Bornstad notched her first career goal late in the game, while fellow freshman Kaila DiBenedetto was sharp in goal, picking up the win and four saves in her collegiate debut. Look for Catherine Mulligan and Adrianna Parello to also be forces on the back line. Parello was also a goal scorer last Friday via the free kick.
Players to Watch (NJCU): Mallensy Vargas was the team’s leading scorer a year ago, yielding 13 goals a year ago, and she added her first last week in a loss to FDU-Florham, 3-1. Vargas did not play in the Gothic Knight’s 8-1 loss to DeSales on Sunday. Senior Catarina Teodosio has also been a fixture in the lineup and is looking to add to her two-assist season last year. Dominique Jackson had a busy week in goal, making 12 saves in NJCU’s first two games of the season, playing all 180 minutes.
News and Notes: This has been a good series through the years, one that has been dominated in recent years by the Dolphins, as they are 3-0-2 against NJCU in the past five years. Prior to that, NJCU had taken five in a row. The Dolphins are enjoying the time at home against the Gothic Knights, as they sport a 4-2-2 home record against them while never having won a road contest against them (0-5). The teams’s did not play last year, but in 2015, CSI took a lopsided, 4-0, win over NJCU. CSI enjoyed a healthy edge in shots in their win over Keystone, registering a total of 17. That was a calling card to CSI last year and they hope to equal that production in 2017. Meanwhile, NJCU has yielded 38 shots through their first two games and will make a marked call to be more defensive in this outing.