Oct. 20, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rachel Daly and Morgan Tinari lifted the St. John’s women’s soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory at Providence (5-8-3, 2-5-0 BIG EAST) on Sunday afternoon. Daly tallied two goals in the win and cemented her name in the Red Storm record book as she tied St. John’s all-time single season goals record.
The Red Storm, earning its first win since September 21, improved to 8-4-3 overall and 2-3-2 in conference action following Sunday’s victory.
“It was a hard fought battle today. I give the team a lot of credit for playing tough and together the entire game,” head coach Ian Stone said. “We had an unrelenting will to find a way to win the game. It was an absolute pleasure to witness.”
Providence dotted the scoreboard first with a goal by Lauren Elia at 10:05 when she grabbed a rebound off of a shot that hit the post and was able to capitalize to give the Friars a 1-0 advantage.
Daly, the conference leader in goals and points, scored her 16th goal of the season at 68:29 to even the match at 1-1. The equalizer came on a penalty kick, Daly’s fourth successful PK of the season.
It took the Friars just over eight minutes to regain the lead when Providence’s leading scorer Catherine Zimmerman found the back of the net in the 77th minute to set the score at 2-1 in favor of PC. Amanda Webster was credited with the assist.
With time quickly ticking away it looked as though St. John’s would be unable to reply to its conference foe, but Daly again came through for her team and scored with only 1:05 remaining in regulation. Sandra Osborn and Miranda Haraughty were each credited with an assist. It was Daly’s 17th goal of the season which moved her into the top spot of St. John’s record book in single season goals. She shares the record with Red Storm great Cristin Burtis.
“It’s a fantastic accomplishment for Rachel and I am so happy for her,” Stone continued. “I think what is most impressive is that Rachel has reached this milestone in so many ways, she is able to score on penalty kicks, headers, breakaways and from anywhere on the field.”
Behind Daly’s pair of goals, the Red Storm headed into its fifth overtime of the season. St. John’s applied the pressure right from the beginning of OT. Daly took aim four times early in the extra time before Tinari took advantage of her chance and scored the game-winner at 97:50.
“Morgan’s goal was huge. It was great to see a freshman have the composure to score a game-winning goal in that situation,” Stone finished.
Diana Poulin jumped to 8-3-2 on the season after making two saves, while Jessica Goudreault (2-5-0) finished the day with four saves.
The Red Storm returns to Belson Stadium on Saturday, October 26, for a 7 p.m. contest against Seton Hall.