Sep 1, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. -
It was a career night for senior forward Amy Marron as she recorded a header hat trick plus two assists in a 5-0 shutout for St. John's women's soccer against the North Dakota State University Bison on Sunday at Belson Stadium.
With the 5-0 victory, the Red Storm's 4-0-0 start is the best since 2007.
Sophomore forward Rachel Daly kept up her scoring streak, as she netted the other two goals in the win. Daly has scored six goals in the last week, including a hat trick of her own on Sunday, Aug. 25 against Fordham. Marron has assisted four of Daly's six goals this season.
"We've never had a player like Amy, in that she is so versatile and picks things up so quickly. We can throw her into center back, a defensive midfield position or a forward position. She is just a great student of the game and she is going to be a good coach one day," remarked head coach Ian Stone on Marron's play. "Having Amy and Rachel together to combine is fantastic and it was good to see Amy get on the score sheet tonight because she has been close up until this point. Her third goal she scored was one of the best goal's I've ever seen here and hopefully there is more to come."
Rookie keeper Diana Poulin earned her third-straight shutout and fourth-consecutive win in the net for the Red Storm.
Marron got the night started with header goal off a corner from junior Deana Murino. Murino crossed the ball in front of the goal line, which grazed a North Dakota State defender's hand before Marron headed into the close corner, or nearside post for her first goal of the season.
Daly made it 2-0 in the 18th minute as she scored on a midfield through pass from Marron in the center. Marron kicked it over two Bison defender's heads to Daly. Daly got the ball off the bounce and one-timed it over Bison goalkeeper Sierra Bonham's head from 20 yards out.
Marron's second goal was a give and go to junior Caitlyn McLaughlin
, who took the ball to the nearside corner before crossing it back to Marron on the opposite post, who once again headed the ball in for a goal.
St. John's led 3-0 at the half with North Dakota State (1-3-0) only managing one shot to the Red Storm's 18.
In the second period, Marron scored five minutes in, another header to her close corner, this time on a cross from senior defender Rachel Hoffman. Marron's goal was the seventh of her career.
Daly scored the fifth and final goal for the Red Storm, booting the ball cross the goal past Bonham to the corner. Marron once again set up Daly, this time heading the pass through on the diagonal. Daly controlled Marron's pass with her body, then struck the ball with her right foot to the upper post from just outside the six-yard box.
St. John's controlled the tempo for the entire game and outshot North Dakota State, 26-3. All five goals were scored in the first 56 minutes of action.
The Red Storm also had the advantage in corner kicks, 11 to one.
The last time St. John's women's soccer had two games in a season where the Red Storm won by five or more goals was in 1992. The Red Storm defeated Siena, 6-0 on Sept. 20 then Fairfield, 5-0 on Oct. 7. The last time St. John's had three-straight shutouts was in 2010. The 2010 Red Storm went 3-0-1 from Aug. 27 through Sept. 5.
The Red Storm has been showing a lot of depth and once again was able to go 22 players deep.
St. John's will be back in action for two-straight weekends of road games, the first a pair of matches against New England foes Central Connecticut State and Brown. The Red Storm will kick off against CCSU on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in New Britain, Conn. On Sunday, Sept. 8, St. John's will play at Brown for a 1 p.m. contest.
The following weekend has the Red Storm at the Hoosier Classic at Indiana University, where St. John's will play Indiana and Ohio State.