The College of Staten Island men’s soccer team is in action this afternoon against CUNYAC rivals, Hunter College. The Dolphins have stumbled as of late, dropping two CUNYAC contest’s but they will look to have a bounce-back performance this afternoon at 3:30 in New York, NY against the Hawks.
CSI vs. HUNTER AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (8-4, 3-2 CUNYAC) vs. Hunter (2-8-1, 2-3 CUNYAC)
Where: Randall’s Island Field #83, New York, NY
All-Time Series: Hunter leads 18-17-4
Last Meeting: October 5, 2016, CSI won 1-0
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins will need to regain their early season form which saw freshmen Bryant Navarro and Joe Bolella pouring in goals. Neither has scored in five games and the Dolphins are 2-3 over that stretch. Joel Morales will be key in the midfield for the Dolphins as he will be tasked with winning the ball and distributing it to his teammates to create goal scoring opportunities. Ryan Layman and co. in the back line will need to regroup and not allow any open looks inside their 18 which is where the miscues have been happening over this five-game stretch.
Players to Watch (HC): Jesus Patino Muniz paces the Hawks with four goals on the year, one of which was a game-winner against Medgar Evers College. Itamar Pereira has been the one finding his teammates this year as he sits atop his team with four assists. Paul Alain Yovoh Tenfoung plays between the pipes for the Hawks and allows 2.28 goals per game in six starts.
News and Notes: The Dolphins and Hawks have had a heated series throughout the years with a near even split in records with the Hawks holding a one-game edge over the Dolphins. Last year the Dolphins were able to best the Hawks in the closing minutes of the game by a score of 1-0. Over the last five games between the two, the record is 2-2-1.