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CSI Women’s Soccer Team Captures Third Straight CUNYAC Championship

Defense, Precise Passing Lift CSI Over Lehman College

By: Eric Ransom

Natalia Sandor (left), and Catherine Mulligan (right), celebrate their victory.

The three-peat is complete for the women’s soccer team.

The College of Staten Island hosted the CUNYAC Championship game against Lehman College, looking for their third consecutive title. The crisp, noontime air set the championship mood, providing a lively and thrilling atmosphere.

CSI battled hard and did not disappoint, coming out victorious by a final score of 2-0.

This marks the third championship in a row for the Dolphins, winning in 2015 and 2016 before their victory on November 4.

After the defeat of the City College Beavers by a final of 2-1 in the semifinals, the team was determined to cap off their 12-5-1 season and their number one seed in the playoffs with another title.

With strong defense and heavy offensive pressure, the Dolphins overwhelmed the Lightning, scoring two goals in the second half to seal the game away.

The Most Valuable Player award was given to Lizbeth Aparicio, sophomore, who scored both goals for CSI in the 59th and 76th minute. Senior, Adrianna Parello, assisted on both goals.

Aparicio spoke of the special moment when the team finally won the title.

“It was a great feeling, an amazing sensation, all happiness,” said the MVP, brandishing her new medal.

For CSI, the victory will place them in position to play in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, eagerly awaiting their next step this season.

Until then, the team beamed with happiness and satisfaction, a group which soaked in a third straight title.

Natalia Sandor, a sophomore, said of winning the championship, “It requires a lot of hard work, dedication and time, so winning for the third time makes you feel really good, that you feel like everything was worth it.”

As for Catherine Mulligan, a junior, winning has seemed to follow her since joining the team.

“Since my freshman year, we’ve won,” said Mulligan, cradling a CUNYAC trophy in her hands. This title just means continuing what the team started.”

This marks the seventh title in the history of the women’s soccer team.

Preseason polls gave CSI the best odds to win championship this year, following their success over the last two seasons, in which the predictions certainly came true again this year.

Lehman College’s defeat at the hands of CSI thwarted their hopes of winning their first women’s soccer title.

Head coach Giuseppe Pennetti could not be prouder of the team’s success, humbly addressing his inspiration for the victory.

“I do it for the ladies. I want the ladies to enjoy the championship, so they can enjoy this moment. You get four years of athletics in college playing a sport like soccer, and it goes by in the blink of an eye. You want to enjoy every moment of it.”

Pennetti instilled “passion and dedication” as the focal points for his team, urging his players to “have the burning love to want to play, and dedication to never to quit.”

The team looks to get back to the CUNYAC championship next year, in hopes to emerge as champs for the fourth consecutive year.

For now, CSI awaits the team they will play in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, November 6.

Coach Pennetti hopes to build on the championship as a way to “break through and get one victory in the tournament.”

The head coach certainly has confidence in his girls to perform well in the NCAA tournament, very happy to continue working hard during this magical season.

Whenever the time comes for CSI’s season to end, Pennetti has his plans laid out.

“Next year- keep the girls together and have as much fun as possible.”

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