Rookie Morgan Tinari Nets Two, Leads Women's Soccer To 2-1 Victory Over Delaware

Morgan Tinari scored both goals in the win over Delaware.

Morgan Tinari scored both goals in the win over Delaware.

Aug 23, 2013

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Rookie midfielder Morgan Tinari earned her first multi-goal game in her college debut for St. John's on Friday night, helping the Red Storm to a 2-1 season-opening victory over the Delaware Blue Hens. Tinari scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute of play, giving head coach Ian Stone the first victory of his 20th season as head coach.

"Delaware came out and played really well against us tonight, so for us to grind out a victory tonight," remarked Stone. "Our offense responded really well to what we said at halftime. There was some great combination play, which really set us up for the second half. They hit a great goal, but our team showed a lot of character coming back. We are very proud of Morgan scoring those two goals on her debut."

Tinari got the start at midfield and scored early for the Red Storm (1-0-0), making it a 1-0 game in the 14th minute. Tinari booted the ball to the top right corner past Delaware keeper Jessica Levy, who had come out of the to try to defend against Red Storm senior forward Amy Marron who threatened at the top of the box. The ball came in from first-year sophomore forward Rachel Daly who had crossed to Marron at the center of the 18-yard box. Marron received the ball with her back to the goal, but got stuck between two Blue Hen defenders. Marron pushed the ball out wide left to Tinari, who finished to the top right corner for her first career goal. Both Marron and Daly were credited assists on the play.

Delaware (0-1-0) was able to get four shots off in the rest of the first half, but went wide or were blocked and one was saved by Red Storm rookie goalkeeper Diana Poulin (1-0-0), who had one save her first collegiate win in the goal.

St. John's went into halftime up 1-0.

Delaware tied it up in the 70th minute, as Blue Hen rookie Michelle McEnroe blasted the ball to the top right corner of St. John's net from 25 yards out. McEnroe was set up by Chelsey Duffy, who had the ball passed through on the run by Madison Brosler.

Tied at 1-1, Tinari netted the game-winner in the 79th minute, again with an assist by Daly. This time, a cross in from junior midfielder/forward Caitlyn McLaughlin was intercepted by Levy, who deflected the ball center. Daly was able to get a foot on it and sent it backward to Tinari who sent the ball back toward the goal from just outside the box.

Delaware had no other chance to tie it up in the final 11 minutes as St. John's celebrated its first win of the season 2-1 over the Blue Hens.

Poulin and the St. John's defense led by seniors Sarah Ashmore, Hailey Hemmer and Rachel Hoffman and junior Georgia Kearney-Perry, earned their first shutout of the season. All four backs played the full game. Rookie midfielder Lara Kristin Pedersen also played the full 90 minutes.

St. John's will be back in action at Belson Stadium on Sunday afternoon, in a cross-borough rivalry game with Fordham University. Kick off between the Red Storm and Rams is slated for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fordham lost to Manhattan on Friday night, 2-1 in overtime.