GAMEDAY: WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. MEDGAR EVERS, 12PM

The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team will continue its CUNYAC schedule this afternoon, hosting Medgar Evers College at the CSI Soccer Complex for a 12:00pm matinee.  The Dolphins are 1-0-1 in conference play while the Cougars are 0-2 and 1-9 overall, looking to break a seven game skid.

CSI vs. MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:  CSI (7-4-1, 1-0-1 CUNYAC) vs. Medgar Evers College (1-9, 0-2 CUNYAC)
Where: CSI Soccer Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 16-4-1
Last Meeting:  October 8, 2016 – CSI won, 12-0
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins are getting a balanced offensive output this season and are currently being led by three goals apiece from Lizbeth Aparicio and Nicole Mignone, who added two goals this past Tuesday against FDU-Florham.  Susan Aracena, Brittany Bornstad, Lauren Smith and Victoria Sanchez all have two goals.  Smith leads all Dolphins with 30 shots.  Look for Kaitlin Russo and Rebecca D’Aloia to keep their starting streaks going.  They have started all 12 games so far this season.  Lately, goalkeepers Kaila DiBenedetto and Maraya Jones have been splitting time in net.  DiBenedetto leads the team with 25 shots while Jones leads with a .720 save percentage.
Players to Watch (MEC): MEC has scored just four goals this season and three have come from Brenda Cruz, who is second on the squad with 21 total shots.  Teammate Brihonne Desroses leads the team with 25 shots and has the other goal for the Cougars.  Joana Martinez has the team’s only assist this season.  Six different goalkeepers have played for MEC this season, with the majority of work going to Renee Charles-Warren who has 25 saves with a .632 save percentage.
News and Notes: The Dolphins have been dominating this series in recent years, having won the last six meetings since 2010 by a combined score of 58-0.  Prior to that, MEC had gone 3-1-1 against the Dolphins from 2009-10.  Here on Staten Island, the Dolphins are 11-3.  MEC’s last win at CSI was on 10/9/10, a 4-2 win.  The Cougars are 1-5 on the road this season.  Their lone win came on September 13, beating York College, 3-2 in a game that did not count towards the CUNYAC standings.  MEC has otherwise been shut out in eight of 10 games this year.  Their win over York broke a 72-game losing streak for Medgar Evers that dated back to 2012.  CSI’s only tie this season came in conference play, a 2-2 tie against CCNY.  CSI’s last undefeated CUNYAC season came in 2014.

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