The College of Staten Island Men’s Soccer team scored their first victory of the season on Sunday, their first-ever against Rowan University, and today they will look to make it a winning streak, when they battle Concordia College (NY) in their official home opener. Kickoff is set for 4 pm.
CSI VS. ROWAN AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (1-1) vs. Concordia College (NY) (0-1)
Where: CSI Soccer Complex – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Ticket Info: Free Admission
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Live Video: http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
Live Stats: csidolphins.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Players to Watch (CSI): The Dolphins scored their first goals of the season on Sunday along with their first win, and they were two gorgeous goals by Philip Lefkowitz and Christian Puccio. For Puccio, it was his first goal ever with the Dolphins. Expect to see the duo along with other potent scorers Bryant Navarro, Joe Bolella and Carlos Montesinos near the top of the attack while Chris Vendra will look to steady the midfield. Mohammedou Sow has been a big addition in the back for the Dolphins, while Erick Conde has also logged extensive minutes. Jake Foeldes will be starting in goal today. He suffered a loss in his first start on Saturday, despite making six saves.
Players to Watch (CC): The Clippers enter today at 0-1 overall, not having scored a goal in a 3-0 loss to St. Michael’s in their season opener. The Clippers did out-shoot the Purple Knights in the game, led by a couple of shots from Dennis Limani and Cristian Perez, who hope to be a part of the action again offensively. Mikael Varin started the game in between the pipes for Concordia, making a single save, while Christopher Kaev did play the final 17 minutes, making a pair of saves without yielding a goal.
News & Notes: Today marks the first-ever meeting between the two sides in their history, and for the Dolphins it is their first matchup ever against an NCAA Division II school since earning provisional Division II status this summer. Concordia finished 6-8-2 a year ago, and played 11 of their 16 games on the road, where they were 4-6-1. They are currently 0-1 on the road this season. The Dolphins, meanwhile, have had a lot of success at home, and are 6-0-2 in their last eight home contests, a string that includes a perfect 6-0 record last year on their home turf.
What’s Next?: After today’s game CSI will be back in action on Friday to take on Adelphi University on the road and under the lights at 7:30 pm. As of press time, Adelphi is ranked No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. As for Concordia, they will continue their season-opening road trip with a date at Stonehill on Saturday at 4 pm.