Sept. 7, 2013
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -
The St. John's women's soccer team extended its winning streak to five games as the Red Storm, led by sophomore Rachel Daly's third multi-goal game of the season, defeated Central Connecticut State, 4-0, on the road on Friday night.
Daly helped St. John's get off to a 2-0 lead in the first 27 minutes of play, before rookie Morgan Tinari put the Red Storm ahead by three goals in the 30th minute. Junior midfielder Caitlyn McLaughlin capped the game with a header in the 82nd minute.
Rookie goalkeeper Diana Poulin had a season-high six saves in her second complete shutout in five games. Poulin is 5-0-0 as the Red Storm's starting goalkeeper.
With eight goals so far this season, Daly is tied for 10th in the Red Storm's single-season record books. The Red Storm has outscored its opponents 17-1.
"It was a good result against a good Central Connecticut team," said head coach Ian Stone. "The difference in the game was four critical finishes. Now, we need to be prepared to face another difficult road challenge on Sunday against Brown."
Daly's first goal was scored in the 17th minute as she took off on a pass from Tinari on the left wing. Daly went one-on-one with a Blue Devil defender, then took her shot with her left foot from just inside the left corner of the 18-yard box. The ball went into the low right corner of the goal.
In the 28th minute, Daly scored again, this time on a through ball from senior forward Amy Marron. Daly took her shot from the right corner of the penalty box, again with the left foot, going cross the goal from right to left. Central Connecticut's keeper Nikola Deiter, got a hand on it, but the shot was too strong and went into the goal.
Tinari extended the lead to three goals, as she scored unassisted in the 29th minute. Tinari put pressure on the keeper then put the ball over Deiter's head from 25 yards out.
St. John's had 12 shots in the first period and led 3-0.
In the second half, CCSU switched keepers to Nikki Turley.
In the 82nd minute, the Red Storm made it 4-0 as McLaughlin scored her first goal of the season as she headed in a goal from a cross pass from junior Chelsey Martino on the far post.
The Red Storm and Blue Devils had equal shots, 18, with St. John's having 12 in the first half and six in the second. The Blue Devils split its 18 goals equally with nine in the first, nine in the second.
The last time St. John's got off to a 5-0-0 start was in 2007. The last time St. John's had four-consecutive wins was in 1994, when the Red Storm had five-straight shutout wins to end the season (Oct. 23 - Nov. 6). The last time St. John's had four-straight shutouts was in 2010, when the Red Storm went 3-0-1 from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5.
St. John's will look to continue its winning ways at Brown on Sunday. The Red Storm and Brown Bears will kick off at 1 p.m. in Providence.