QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s will return home Friday, Sept. 20 to take on the Dartmouth Big Green at Belson Stadium in the final non-conference game of the 2013 season. The Red Storm will be look to bounce back following its first loss of the season in a game that will be carried live on ESPN3 with a 5 p.m. kick off.3
Kick Off Quick Facts
Fans can get access to the game on ESPN3 with play-by-play by Ralph Bednarczyk and analysis by David Gaas. Live stats for Friday’s game will be available through GameTracker on RedStormSports.com. Follow live Twitter updates with @StJohnsWSoccer and keep the conversation going by using #SJUWSOC.
The last time the Red Storm and Big Green met was on Sept. 24, 1995 when the game ended in a draw in double overtime at 1-1.
Dartmouth is 1-3-0 so far this season, with their only victory coming in a 4-0 shutout at home over Fordham on Sept. 13. The Big Green has not won an away game this season and has been shutout in their last two performances on the road.
St. John’s suffered its first loss of the season against Ohio State on Sunday, falling to the Buckeyes on the road 1-0 as part of the Hoosier Classic hosted by Indiana University. The Red Storm was scheduled to face host Indiana on Friday before travel complications resulted in the game being canceled.
St. John’s has not lost a game at Belson Stadium in its last five appearances, starting back on Sept. 28, 2012 when it defeated Rutgers, 1-0.
Prior to the loss to Ohio State, the Red Storm’s 6-0-0 start was its best since 2004. In 2007, St. John’s went unbeaten through eight games with a 6-0-2 record.
A quick start to the 2013 campaign has sophomore Rachel Daly in the national spotlight, as a five-goal weekend against CCSU (Sept. 6) and Brown (Sept. 8) saw the forward named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Sept. 10.
2013 is the 20th season for head coach Ian Stone. During his tenure, Stone has guided St. John’s to a BIG EAST and ECAC Championship, an NCAA Tournament berth, 10 BIG EAST Tournaments and 176 wins.
Scouting The Big Green
The Big Green enters the match against the Red Storm with a 1-3-0 record. The season started for Dartmouth with consecutive losses against Big Ten opponents Purdue and Northwestern before returning to Hanover, N.H. where they topped Fordham, 4-0. In their previous match, Dartmouth fell on the road to Connecticut, 2-0.
Dartmouth’s offensive attack is led by senior Emma Brush who tallied two goals in a 4-0 win over Fordham on Sept. 13 and is tied with sophomore Lucille Kozlov for the team-lead in points with five. Brush and Kozlov also share the team lead in goals with two apiece.
Junior keeper Tatiana Saunders has started in the net for all of the Big Green’s matches this season where she has tallied 18 saves.
Red Storm vs. Big Green – The Series
Friday’s game marks the second contest between the two teams and first in 18 years. When the two met in 1995, St. John’s was able to force a 1-1 draw with the then-No. 19 Big Green.
St. John’s Goes Down Shooting in Indiana
The Red Storm suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, giving up a first-half goal to Ohio State in the final day of the Hoosier Classic at Bill Armstrong Stadium before failing to find an equalizer despite a spirited second-half display.
On offense, the Red Storm has scored four or more goals in four games so far this season. St. John’s started the season on a high-scoring note, defeating four teams by four goals or more (Fordham, 5-0; North Dakota State, 5-0; CCSU, 4-0; Brown, 4-0) and outscoring the opposition, 21-2.
St. John’s will open BIG EAST Conference action at home against Xavier next Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. The game will be carried on ESPN 3.
Belson Stadium Ticket Info
Season tickets are available for just $40. Call 1-888-GO-STORM to order today. Youth teams in eighth grade and below can scrimmage during halftime of any Red Storm home game. Group tickets are available for just $4 each. Call 718-990-2142 for more information. A promotional calendar will also be release.