Aug 29, 2013
AMHERST, MASS. -
A late-game penalty kick by sophomore forward Rachel Daly led the St. John's women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the Massachusetts Minutewomen on Thursday afternoon at Rudd Field.
"This was a hard-fought victory on the road that came as a result of our team believing in each other right until the end," remarked head coach Ian Stone.
With 3:01 left to play in the match, a UMass defender committed a handball in the box, which set up Daly for a one-on-one penalty kick situation against Minutewoman goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski. Daly easily steered the ball past the keeper for a one-goal lead.
The Minutewomen turned on the pressure in the final three minutes, but the Red Storm defense remained steady as rookie goalkeeper Diana Poulin (3-0-0) made one last save to preserve her second-straight shutout win of the season. Poulin was credited with four saves in the match.
The last time St. John's started a season 3-0 was the 2009 NCAA Tournament year.
The first half was an evenly-matched battle as the Minutewomen (0-2-0) had a 5-4 shot advantage.
Sophomore midfielder Emily Cubbage had the Red Storm's first chance to score in the first half as St. John's was granted a free kick right outside the 18-yard box in the 16th minute. Cubbage's shot went off the hand of the Minutewomen keeper near the cross bar and went over the goal. In the resulting corner, Deana Murino set the ball up right in front of the goal, but the Massachusetts defense was able to clear it out in time.
In the second half, Murino had back-to-back corners in the 76th minute. The first resulted in an initial header by the Red Storm, which was eventually cleared out by the Minutewomen then brought back in by rookie Lara Kristin Pedersen. The ball went out on the back line and Murino was given another chance. Murino sent the corner back a bit and Daly booted it high over the Massachusetts goal.
St. John's had a 7-1 corner kick advantage, but Massachusetts outshot the Red Storm 14-9. The Red Storm back line of seniors Sarah Ashmore
, Hailey Hemmer
, Rachel Hoffman
and junior Georgia Kearney-Perry
once again played the complete game, helping clear the ball away after the missed shots. Rookie midfielder Lara Kristin Pedersen
also played the full 90 minutes.
The Red Storm will be back in action at Belson Stadium on Sunday night at 7 p.m. to take on the North Dakota State Bison at 7 p.m. The game between the Red Storm and Bison will be carried live on ESPN3.