The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team is picking up play this afternoon with their first game in a week, as they take to the road to face Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.  The Dolphins recently snapped a three-game skid, while the Ducks are looking to build on a three-game win streak.

Matchup:  CSI (9-4) vs. Stevens Institute of Technology (7-4-1)
Where: DeBaun Athletic Complex – Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ
All-Time Series: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: October 31, 2016 – Stevens won 2-1
Players to Watch (CSI): Freshman Bryant Navarro continues to pace CSI with six goals this season, recently tallying his fourth game-winner against Hunter College last week in a 3-1 win.  Navarro is fourth on the squad with 19 shots taken.  The leaders in that department are senior tandem Dardan Nika, who has 34 shots, and Adrian Cosovic, who has 32.  Nika and Joel Morales lead the team in assists with three apiece.  Lately, a majority of the goal-keeping duties have fallen on Ivan Barreraserao, who sports a 6-2 record with a 1.23 goals against and a .750 save percentage.  He leads the team with 27 total saves.  Look for strong back-end play from Vasyl Fedortsi and Erick Conde, the only two Dolphins to play and start in every game this season.
Players to Watch (STV): The Ducks have a balanced attack as they have 18 goals this season from 11 different goal scorers.  The leader of the bunch is Daniel Aversano, who has four markers this season to go with an assist, good for a Stevens-best 9 total points.  He also leads the team with 27 shots, followed by Cristiano Hocken’s 20.  He sports two goals this year.  Look for Andrew Masur and Haddy Abdelhady to force play in the middle as they sport three assists apiece.  Aaron Henry has had a majority of time in goal, playing in all but one game.  He is 7-3-1 with a 0.98 goals against and an .800 save percentage.
News and Notes: These two teams are meeting for the second year in a row after meeting for the first time ever in 1990.  This is the first time the two teams are meeting in Hoboken.  The Ducks scored twice last year in less than five minutes to take a 2-0 win opn Staten Island.  Aversano scored the second of the two goals in that game in the 49th minute.  CSI was held to just four total shots in the game.  Stevens is currently on three-game roll, having defeated Houghton, 2-0, Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, and The Sage Colleges, 4-2.  The Ducks have also had a lot of success at home, going 5-2 this season.  CSI, on a four-game road trip, is currently 1-2 on the recent trip but are otherwise 5-2 on the road in total this season.  After today, CSI plays their final three games at home while Stevens is on the road for three out of their last four.