Oct. 26, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. – Rachel Daly set the St. John’s single season goals record with her game-winning goal in the Red Storm’s 1-0 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night. With her 18th goal of the season, Daly broke Cristin Burtis’ 1994 record for most goals in a single season.
“Rachel setting the record is phenomenal. I remember Cristin Burtis setting the record in 1994 and she was an unbelievable player,” head coach Ian Stone commented. “You never think it is going to happen again. Their type of play is eerily similar, they both score big goals in multiple ways.”
The Red Storm jumped to 9-4-2 (3-3-2) on the season in a crucial conference win at Belson Stadium in front of a season-high 974 fans on Saturday evening. St. John’s hosted a Score for the Cure event at the match which raised $367 for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
It was an evenly matched game in Queens for the conference foes, with St. John’s tallying 14 shots to Seton Hall’s 11, while the Red Storm took four shots on goal compared to the Pirates one. The defensive battle featured only four total saves as Diana Poulin only needed one save for the shutout and moved to 9-3-2 overall.
For the third consecutive game at Belson Stadium, the Red Storm and its opponent entered halftime with a 0-0 score. Both squads had several opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, but St. John’s outshot Seton Hall 8-6 with three shots on goal to start the game.
In the 33rd minute the Pirates threatened to score on a breakaway down the line but Poulin charged to the top of the box to make a sliding save taking any chance at the long range shot away from Seton Hall.
recorded two shots on goal in the closing five minutes of the first half but Pirate keeper Jennifer Pettigrew was able to make consecutive saves to hold the Red Storm scoreless.
The Red Storm’s first shot of the second half came from Lara Pederson who dashed inside the box and drilled the ball from the right side of the congested box. Pederson’s shot dinged off the crossbar and sailed towards Daly who was anxiously fighting off Seton Hall defenders on the far side of the box. The BIG EAST’s leading scorer connected on a header as she leaped over her opponents and scored the game-winner at 73:27. Pederson was credited with the first assist of her career in Daly's record-setting goal.
“I’m speechless. It is a feeling I never thought I would feel, especially in my first season,” Daly stated. “I’m a very determined player but if it wasn’t for my teammates I wouldn’t have scored the goals.”
Following St. John’s go-ahead goal, the two squads continued to exchange possession but saw no real chances at the net.
The Red Storm closes out the regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 2, when St. John’s welcomes DePaul for an 8 p.m. match. St. John’s will honor 12 seniors and a senior manager before first kick.