Pirates Edged at St. John's; 1-0

Senior Ashley Clarke tied the team-high with three shots at St. John's on Saturday night

Senior Ashley Clarke tied the team-high with three shots at St. John's on Saturday night

Oct. 26, 2013

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QUEENS, N.Y. – The Seton Hall women’s soccer team limited hosts St. John’s to four shots on net on Saturday night but BIG EAST goals leader Rachel Daly added her 18th score of the season in the 74th minute to give the Red Storm a 1-0 victory.

The Pirates (5-10-2, 3-5-0) launched 11 shots of their own and redshirt-senior goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) came up with three saves but Daly’s late strike handed The Hall its ninth one-goal loss of the season. All five of SHU’s losses in league play have come by one goal as well.

Seniors Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.) and Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.) tied for a team-high with three shots and got the Pirate attack going with a pair of attempts in the early going. Pettigrew stopped a Chelsey Martino effort in the 16th minute and Ritter tested STJ keeper Diana Poulin in the 33rd minute but Poulin came up with the save to keep the game scoreless.

Pettigrew went on to stone STJ’s Amy Marron twice in the final five minutes of the half, sending The Hall into the break level.

The Seton Hall offense produced a flurry that began in the 68th minute as the Pirates peppered the Red Storm net with three shots in a two-minute span. None of shots found the mark however as Meghan Hayes (Fredon, N.J.) shot wide and senior Amie Ruhe (Monrovia, Md.) put an effort over the bar before Clarke’s try went outside of the post as well.

In the 74th minute, St. John’s defender Lara Pederson hit the crossbar six seconds before Daly got her head on a ball from deep inside the area that found the left corner of the net to put SJU on top for good.

Entering the game, Seton Hall was tied with Butler for the fifth-most points in the conference (9), just ahead of St. John’s (9-4-3, 3-3-2) who came into the matchup on eight points. SJU now moves two points ahead and Butler was also in action on Saturday, edging Creighton, 1-0, in overtime in Omaha.

The postseason picture will be finalized next weekend when all 10 conference teams play their final regular season match, with the top-six earning the right to play in the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament.

Seton Hall will wrap up with a trip to Washington, D.C. to take on 15th-ranked Georgetown, who currently stands in second place in the league. Start-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.