The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team fell behind early and never did regroup, suffering a 6-0 setback at the hands of Kean University on what was the opening day of the season for both teams and the start of the Cougar Classic hosted by Kean. The win lifted the Cougars to 1-0 overall and marked their fourth-straight win over the Dolphins in the last four years, while the Dolphins will start the season at 0-1.
After a relative stalemate through the first 10 minutes, where neither team could really get in to the other’s end for an opportunity, Kean started to take over. Clare Lewis laced a shot that was parried by CSI keeper Lyubomira Stefanova, but that started a feverish attack by the host Cougars.
Stefanova would make three more saves before Kean finally hit pay dirt in the 25th minute. Emily Bretchneider found Lexy Monroy open and she would put one past Stefanova to open the scoring and from there, it was all Cougars. KU would double the lead less than three minutes later on a Carley Gelsaco tally, and with a little inside of six minutes to go in the first half, Lizzy Pacillo scored to make it 3-0. Pacillo would add her second with 2:46 remaining in the frame and with just 10 seconds left to play in the half, Grace Casais blasted one in to make it 5-0.
A little less than 20 minutes into the second half, Katie Morrision would hit the scoring column for KU, finalizing the scoring at 6-0. By the time the final 90 came, Kean owned a 29-2 edge in shots (15-0 on goal), and a 13-1 edge in corner kicks.
Despite the loss, Stefanova made nine saves in the game. At total of 26 players got in the game for KU.
CSI will be right back in action tomorrow at 2 pm for a showdown with Stockton University. In their end of the Classic, Kean will take on New England at 4pm.