Union, NJ | Stockton University used a string second half and scattered four goals to pull past CSI, 4-0, as part of the Cougar Classic held at Kean University this afternoon. The loss dropped the Dolphins to 0-2 to start the season, while the Ospreys, a 4-0 loser to the University of Scranton yesterday, leveled to 1-1.
Offense was at a premium for the Dolphins this afternoon, but it was similar for the Ospreys, who despite an 11-6 edge in shots at the half, pulled into halftime deadlocked at 0-0. CSI registered three of the game’s first four shots, but an SU save by Nicole Pallante off of a Samantha LaValle opportunity kept the game level.
LaValle would have another shot parried in the 13th minute, but CSI returned the favor when keeper Kaila DiBenedetto made a pair of saves in the 30th minute on shots by Susan Parambo and Emily Frazee.
Coming out of the locker room, what was an even game took a huge turn. Just 39 seconds into the frame, a CSI foul in the penalty box placed the ball at the eight-yard spot. Up stepped Salena LeDonne, and she leveled a ball into the corner passed DiBenedetto to stake the Ospreys to a 1-0 lead.
From there, the game belonged to Stockton. The Ospreys would out-shoot the Dolphins by a 10-0 count in the second stanza , pouring numbers in the back to guard against the CSI attack and thwarting away two corner kicks.
The Ospreys used their counterattack to generate the rest of their offense. Madison Dorney in the 69th minute was able to beat the CSI defense first, going one on one down the stretch to score an unassisted goal to double the lead. Less than three minutes later, Alexa Simonetti registered off of a deflection, putting the game out of reach at 3-0.
To finalize the scoring, Dayna Van Pelt scored her first marker, taking a Dorney pass from right through the middle of the field, making it a 4-0 game off of a breakaway.
By the final whistle, Stockton retained a 21-6 edge in shots (9-4 on goal), and a more modest, 5-4, edge in corners. Stockton was whistled for eight offsides calls while the Dolphins were whistled for one.
Off to an 0-2 start, CSI will have a full week off before getting back underway. They will host Keystone College next Saturday at 12 Noon.