The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team is back on the pitch today and they will be putting their undefeated record on the line as they host SUNY-Old Westbury at the CSI Soccer Complex at 12 Noon. The Dolphins won their home opener on Tuesday, and followed up with a 1-0 road win against Purchase College on Thursday.
CSI vs. OLD WESTBURY AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (3-0) vs. Old Westbury (0-1)
Where: CSI Soccer Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: Series Tied 4-4
Last Year’s Result: CSI won 2-0
Players to Watch (CSI): After leading the Dolphins’ returners with six assists last season, Stephanie LaPointe is certainly on pace with three assists in three games so far for CSI and she leads all Dolphins with three total points. CSI’s balanced attack sees Lauren Smith lead the way with seven shots, followed by Victoria Sanchez and Keonjah Nugent’s six. Sanchez was CSI’s first goal-scorer this season, while Nugent scored CSI’s last goal in the 64th minute vs. Purchase for the 1-0 win. CSI now has not allowed a goal in 220 minutes, as the duo of Kaila DiBenedetto and Maraya Jones have shut out the last two opponents.
Players to Watch (OW): The Panthers only got off two shots in their season opener against Mt. Aloysius, one each by Lucia Mejia and Cara Normile, feeling the effects of having lost their top three-goal scorers from a year ago. first-year transfers Shauna Henderson and Ashley Onofre will look to catapult the Panthers in 2017 and will look to generate a spark in their second attempt this season.
News and Notes: This has been a very evenly matches series over the years, with each team winning four games. The Dolphins have won the last two in the series after Old Westbury took three straight from 2012-14. Two of the last three meetings have ended 1-0, and three of the last four meetings have featured a shutout by one of the teams. CSI is 3-1 at home all-time against Old Westbury. The Dolphins have scored seven goals this season by seven different players, and 9 different CSI players have three or more shots this season, meaning CSI likes to spread the ball around. The Dolphins are doing a good job of keeping things clean this season. CSI has just one yellow card this season while their opponents have garnered four yellows and four reds. CSI is also out-shooting opponents, 47-15 through three games. CSI is trying to match its best start ever, minus ties, at 4-0. They did it last in 2013. CSI would start 4-0 and then suffer a tie before winning their next eight games to start 12-0-1.