Mahwah, NJ | The College of Staten Island Women’s Soccer team tried to make things interesting in the second half, but in the end, the Ramapo College Roadrunners had too much offense, up-ending the Dolphins by a 5-2 count in non-conference action today in Mahwah, NJ.  The Roadrunners advanced to 3-1 overall, handing the Dolphins their first loss as they fell to 1-1.

In a game where Ramapo held possession for a good stretch in the first half, the home team got off a pair of good shots in the opening minutes but saves by Samantha Beaudreault on Paige Siegel and Kaelyn Angelucci kept things level as play tempered from there.

After another Beaudreault parry in the 25th, Ramapo’s call was finally answered off of the foot of Lauren Vladyka, staking the Roadrunners to a 1-0 edge.  Despite being out-shot in the first half, 10-2, the Dolphins were seemingly headed to intermission down by only one, but then after a rush upfield, Sarah Tomasello was able to knock one in off of the header with just 1:54 to go in the frame to stake RC up, 2-0, at the break.

The pressure then came crashing down on CSI to start the second frame as Ramapo reeled off five straight shots inside of four minutes to keep the CSI defense scrambling.  The last of those shots, a screamer by Carla Goodwin off of a Kayla Beal pass found the twine to open up a 3-0 edge just 4:25 into play.

Needing a lift, CSI was finally able to counter just 43 seconds after the Ramapo tally, as Mirsade Pelinkovic tallied for the first time this season to get CSI involved, 3-1, at 50:08.

CSI continued to try and claw their way into the game, but again Ramapo was up to the challenge as Beal registered her second assist by feeding Cammi Plage, who stuffed one in to give Ramapo a 4-1 lead.  Again, however, Ramapo was caught off-guard after a goal, and on the very next rush up the field, CSI leading-scorer Samantha LaValle slipped past the defense to knock in a goal that beat RC keeper Elizabeth Harvell, to make it 4-2, just 11 ticks after the Roadrunners had scored.

From there, the Ramapo defense tightened, and CSI could not connect in the final third in the field, not registering a shot for another 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, in the 76th minute, Plage scored her second of the game unassisted to put Ramapo up by three for the third time, 5-2.  This time, however, the Roadrunners were able to ward off the Dolphins, holding on to the same score for the win.

Ramapo led the final shot tally, 23-7 (17-5 on goal), and claimed a 2-1 edge in corners.  There were no bookings in the game.  Ramapo improved to 8-1 all-time over the Dolphins, avenging a 2-0 loss at the hands of CSI last year in Staten Island.

The Dolphins will now have a pair of days off before returning home to face William Paterson University, at 11 am, at the CSI Soccer Complex on Saturday.