Dolphins Capture Second Straight CUNY Title, Snag NCAA Appearance

CSI Buries Brooklyn College Bulldogs 2-0

By Frank Costagliola

The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team defeated Brooklyn College, 2-0, on Saturday November 5, capturing their second straight CUNY Title in a row.

Despite losing to Brooklyn College on October 19, 1-0, the Dolphins came into the Championship game with the same gameplan that propelled them to an impressive 12-4-2 record during the regular season.

That gameplan being, get the lead early and let the defense do the rest.

“That’s our style of play,” said Head Coach Giuseppe Pennetti during a postgame interview. “Get a goal and lock it down.”

CSI knew if they wanted to win this game the offense would have to put points on the board early.

It was evident that CSI wanted to get on the board as soon as possible and kept Brooklyn College’s defense on edge throughout the early minutes of the game.

The Dolphins nearly scored the game’s first goal in the 15 minute, but Freshmen Midfielder Stephanie LaPointe’s shot was just over the goal.

However, CSI’s continued pressure on the offensive side of the ball would finally pay off in the 25 minute when Junior Forward, Kaitlin Russo, scored the game’s first goal.

Russo would go on to play a total of 37 minutes for the Dolphins on Saturday and added another two shots.

In addition to scoring the game’s deciding goal, Russo was also award with the CUNYAC Finals MVP.

“We wanted to be season champions again because we knew we deserved it,” said Russo.

“We worked hard all season, played our butts off and we just really wanted it.”

As for Brooklyn College, the Bulldogs’ offense was contained all afternoon by the Dolphins’ dominant defense.

The Bulldogs’ couldn’t get anything going for them on the offensive side of the ball.

Their best scoring opportunity came toward the end of the first half when a shot on goal was turned Freshman Goalkeeper, Nicole Mignone.

The second half was more of the Dolphins controlling both sides of the ball and it was apparent that the Bulldogs were becoming frustrated with how the game was unfolding.

Brooklyn College soon started playing overly physical and committed many careless fouls, which resulted in a yellow card for the Bulldogs’ Leslie Gomez.

Shortly after, CSI would put the nail in Brooklyn College’s coffining, when Natalia Sandor scored the Dolphins’ second goal in the 70 minute.

The insurance goal by Sandor was just her fourth goal on the season, by was the important goal by far.

The Dolphins would cruise the remainder of the game and with just seconds left on the clock CSI knew they were CUNY Champions.

After the final horn was blown, teammates piled on top of each other on the Bulldogs’ side of the field.

With the 2-0 win over Brooklyn College, Dolphins and Head Coach Giuseppe Pennetti concluded what was great run by the team all season long.

In addition to winning a second straight CUNY Title, the Dolphins will also be making their second straight NCAA DIII Tournament appearance.

The Dolphins will face Messiah College in the opening round of the NCAA DIII Tournament on Saturday November 12.

This will be the second matchup between CSI and Messiah College ever. In last year’s game between the two, Messiah College rolled past CSI with 6-0 shutout victory.

“I put a challenge to this team the first day of practice,” said Coach Pennetti.

“I said ladies you can be the first team to make it to the tournament and win a game.”

“Thats our goal. I don’t care if it’s Messiah, Montclair, I don’t care who it is. We want to win one game in the NCAAs and have the growth period going,” he continued.

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