CSI took Advantage of a Weaker Opponent on Route to 10 – Nill Beat Down
By Mike Papandrea
The Lady Dolphins controlled all aspects of the game in what was their first CUNYAC Conference match of the season. The team improves to a modest 2-3-1 on the season while Medgar Evers has fallen to 0-5.
It was a coming out party for many Dolphins. Jessica Quiroz, Jennifer Cosenza, Gabriella Romero, Tyler Simon, and Kristy Colangelo all scored their first goals of the season. Danielle Smith and Senda Karagozler left the day having scored more goals in this game than in their previous five matches.
It all started just over one minute into the game, when Kristy Colangelo intercepted a goal kick in front of the net and put it through for a score. Just four minutes later, Karagozler received a low cross from Melissa Gelardi for their second point.
Another 4 minutes later it happened again. Karagozler received a cross from who other than all-time CSI assist leader, Gelardi, for their third goal in just under 10 minutes of play.
The goalie for Medgar Evers, Melissa Thompson, did all she could to stop CSI, and recorded 16 saves on the day. But the lackluster defense of the Cougars allowed CSI to breakaway for multiple goals.
”Get in front of them,” Thompson shouted to her teammates as CSI was running right past the defense for one of their three breakaway goals in the game.
The most impressive goal came off another assist from Gelardi. Danielle Smith was on the receiving end and put the ball through the net on a header. By that time, the score was 8-0 and CSI would score two more times before the end of the half.
That’s correct. It was only halftime when they were up 10-0. Luckily for Medgar Evers, CSI focused on holding the ball in the second half, rather than scoring.
“If you’re gonna shoot, use your head,” Coach John Guagliardo told his team at the break. At this point, it was just a matter of staying healthy as one of their players left the first half with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
The Dolphins also played this game without their key scorer, Samantha Wysokowski, who is out with a knee injury.
Goal Keeper, Victoria Donegan could have brought her sleeping bag as Medgar Evers failed to register a single shot. The Dolphins outshot their opponents 37-0. 26 of those were on goal.
The season for the Dolphins has not been this easy. After going 1-3-1 against tough non-conference competition, the team looks prepared to face their in-conference opponents. The offense, which looked so good in this game, has been absent for most of the season.
Looking ahead, the Dolphins will be facing York, Lehman, John Jay, The City College of New York, and Brooklyn college to finish their conference matches. At this point, their doesn’t appear to be a team that the Dolphins shouldn’t beat. CCNY has come out strong, with a 3-0 overall record and a 1-0 conference record. But last season, CSI defeated them twice.
Their biggest match of the regular season is against Brooklyn. Brooklyn defeated CSI last season in the CUNYAC championship, despite CSI winning in both of their regular season meetings. If CSI can win that match on October 18th, their will be a lot of optimism heading into the playoffs, which start November 5th.