Oct. 12, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – Rachel Daly scored her conference-leading 15th goal of the season but the Red Storm was unable to hold off the Wildcats as the St. John’s women’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw against Villanova (5-6-3, 2-2-1 BIG EAST) at Belson Stadium on Saturday evening. The double overtime tie was the Red Storm’s third of the season setting its record at 7-3-3 overall and 1-2-2 in the BIG EAST.
For the fourth consecutive match the Red Storm entered halftime scoreless as St. John’s maintained control of the ball for the majority of the opening 45 minutes outshooting the Wildcats 7-2 and each team taking one shot on goal.
“I thought today we made some improvements but Villanova came in with a game strategy and limited our opportunities,” stated head coach Ian Stone. “What this group does well is learn from mistakes so we will continue to grow from here.”
The Red Storm, who have not lost a game at Belson Stadium in 10 straight games, had several opportunities in the first half, including a quick three shots in the first 2:45. Chelsey Martino had the first solid look at the net in the 11th minute taking aim from close range but the ball curled just above the crossbar and out of play.
Villanova’s Victoria Gersh nearly gave the Wildcats the lead in the 40th minute but Diana Poulin (7-3-3) was able to get a hand on the ball and make a spectacular save to keep the game at 0-0.
Both squads kicked it into high gear the second half combining for 12 shots with eight being on goal in the second half.
Daly gave the Red Storm a 1-0 advantage at 47:13 when she leaped above a pack of Wildcat defenders and headed the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. She received a perfectly placed cross from Sarah Ashmore
who tallied her second assist in as many games.
Villanova responded just seconds later when Hayley Wilson lined up for a free kick from 30 yards out on the right side of the field sending the ball sailing over the finger tips of Poulin and finding the back of the net at 47:59.
The conference foes would battle for the 62 minutes but neither team was able to capitalize on their offensive threats.
Poulin, who finished the evening with four saves, had back-to-back stops in the 70th minute, including a one-on-one matchup against Villanova’s leading scorer Katie Martin.
In total, the Red Storm outshot the Wildcats 19-10 with St. John’s taking five corners and Villanova two. Jami Kranich concluded the night with six saves defending the net for Villanova and is now 5-6-3.
The Red Storm hits the road for two conference road matches beginning with Georgetown on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. St. John’s will then travel to Providence for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Oct. 20.