The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team is back on their home field this afternoon, this time looking to rebound off of their first loss of the season, as they get set to take on St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn as part of non-conference play at 1:00pm at the CSI Soccer Complex.
CSI vs. ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE (BK) AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (5-1-1) vs. St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) (3-1)
Where: CSI Soccer Complex – 2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
All-Time Series: CSI leads 2-0
Last Meeting: September 22, 2016 – CSI won, 9-0
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI freshman Ashley Hunter scored her first career goal, albeit in a loss to Kean University on Wednesday, but she will look to string more offense together today. Look for her to split time up front with players like Keonjah Nugent and Victoria Sanchez. Lizbeth Aparicio continues to lead CSI in scoring with seven total points. She has scored in three-straight games, adding her first season assist in the loss to Kean on Wednesday. Kaila DiBenedetto and Maraya Jones have been splitting time in net so far this season, and with back-to-back games this weekend, expect both to see some time.
Players to Watch (SJC): Few players are hotter right now than Deserae Segueira, who now has 9 goals and five assists for the streaking Bears, good for 23 points on an astounding 43 shots, an average of nearly 11 per game for her. Rachel Rocha has added five goals, while Anisah Molic has four markers and three assists. Lauren Quesada has gotten all four starts in goal thus far this season, and has made 23 saves, good for a .742 percentage.
News and Notes: These two teams have met twice over the last two years and it has been a series dominated by the Dolphins on their own turf. CSI took a 10-0 win in 2015 and then backed it up with a 9-0 win last year. CSI had 9 different goal scorers in the game, and owned a 63-0 edge in shots. SJC is looking for a turnaround today. Last year they went into the game at CSI with a record of 1-3, but this year they are 3-1 and are on a three-game win streak where they have outscored opponents 25-0. That run includes a 13-0 win against CSI’s CUNYAC-rivals, York College and in their last win over Valley Forge, SJC put up a heavy 43 shots. This marks the best start by the Bears since 2014, when they started 4-0. Meanwhile, after winning five-straight, CSI is now winless in their last two, having tied CCNY last weekend, 2-2, and falling to Kean on Wednesday. Like SJC, the team has been hotting the score column, as CSI has registered in each game they have played in this season. The Dolphins are 2-1 at home this season while the Bears are 2-1 on the road.