St. John's Looks To Carry Stellar Home Form Over To First Conference Away Match At Marquette

Lara Kristin Pederson and the Red Storm will look to secure their first win against Marquette on Thursday.

Lara Kristin Pederson and the Red Storm will look to secure their first win against Marquette on Thursday.

Oct. 2, 2013

QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s will play its first away BIG EAST Conference game of the season on Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Kick off from Milwaukee, Wis., is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Kick Off Quick Facts
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• The Red Storm enters the game at 7-1-2, 1-0-1 BIG EAST, after claiming a 2-0 victory over Xavier and settling for a 0-0 double overtime tie against Creighton at Belson Stadium last week to open BIG EAST Conference play.
• St. John’s only loss of the season so far has come on the road when Ohio State claimed a 1-0 decision on Sept. 15 as part of the Hoosier Classic hosted by Indiana University
• At home, St. John’s has not lost in its previous nine outings.
• The Red Storm has only allowed two goals all season, and is in the midst of a 310-minute shutout streak. St. John’s is the Division I national leader in Goals-Against Average at 0.191 and Save Percentage at 0.955.
• Marquette enters Thursday’s game with a record of 9-3-0, 2-0-0 BIG EAST.
• The Golden Eagles gained maximum points from their first two conference matches, both on the road, winning 2-1 at Creighton and 1-0 at Villanova last week.
• The last time these two teams met was on Oct. 12, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wis. Marquette defeated St. John’s, 3-0.
• St. John’s 6-0-0 start was its best since 2004. In 2007, the Red Storm started 6-0-2.
• 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 177 wins.

Scouting the Golden Eagles
• Thursday night’s game will be Marquette’s 13th of the season. The Golden Eagles have posted a record of 8-1-0 since starting the season 1-2-0.
• With 13 points this season, Kelly Maegan leads four Golden Eagles with at least 10 points. Maegan leads Marquette with five assists while teammate Mady Vicker has a team-best five goals, four of them game winners.
• The Golden Eagles have scored 28 goals this season while conceding 13, outshooting their opponents 226-112 and averaging 18.8 shots per game. Twenty-two of Marquette’s 28 goals have been assisted and three have come from the penalty spot.
• Amanda Engel has been the Golden Eagles’ first choice goalie this season, posting a GAA of 1.17 and save percentage of .690 in 12 games.
• Marquette landed a pair of BIG EAST Weekly Awards last week with Amanda Engel being named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week and freshman Liz Bartels earning Rookie of the Week honors. Engel recorded two shutouts in a 3-0 week for the Golden Eagles while Bartels recorded her first two collegiate goals, including the game winner at Creighton.

Red Storm vs. Marquette – The Series
• The last time these two teams met was on Oct. 12, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wis. when Marquette defeated St. John’s, 3-0.
• St. John’s is 0-8-0 in the series with Marquette with half of the losses coming on the road.

Daly Leads in Four NCAA Statistical Categories
• In the NCAA statistical rankings as of Sept. 29, sophomore Rachel Daly leads the nation’s Division I players in four offensive categories.
• Daly leads the NCAA in points per game (2.8), goals per game (1.3), points (28.0) and goals (13).

Poulin’s Career Night
• Freshman goalkeeper Diana Poulin recorded a career-high 14 saves in a scoreless draw with Dartmouth on Sept. 20, her third shutout of the 2013 season.
• With her performance, Poulin earned her second BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors on Sept. 23.
• Poulin leads the BIG EAST in both GAA (.230) and save percentage (.947) and is ranked second in both categories among all DI women’s soccer goalkeepers.

SJU Earns BIG EAST POW Honors Five of First Six Weeks
• Sophomore forward Rachel Daly has earned a pair of BIG EAST Player of the Week honors this season thanks to a five-goal weekend that included her second-career hat trick. Daly was also named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Sept. 3 and Sept. 30.
• Senior forward Amy Marron earned the title after she netted her first-career hat trick and assisted the other two goals in a 5-0 victory over North Dakota State on Sept. 1.
• Rookie goalkeeper Diana Poulin was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Week on Aug. 26 and Sept. 23.
• Defender Georgia Kearney-Perry earned her first-career BIG EAST honor as she was named to the weeky honor roll on Monday, Sept. 9. On Sept. 30, the junior was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

BIG EAST Statistical Leaderboard
• As of Sept. 29, the Red Storm topped the BIG EAST Conference stat rankings in six different categories: goals allowed (2), GAA (.190), points allowed (7), points allowed per game (.700), shutouts (8) and shutouts per game (.800).
• Individually, sophomore Rachel Daly was the league’s leader in the seven goal categories (points 28, points per game 2.80, goals 13, goals per game 1.30, shots per game 6.10, shots on goal 31, shots on goal per game 3.10); while rookie Diana Poulin led the BIG EAST in goals against average (.230).

Streaking’ Storm
• St. John’s women’s soccer was off to its best start since 2004 with a 6-0-0 record to start the season. In 2004, the Red Storm went 6-0 before losing at Syracuse. In 2007, St. John’s started the season 6-0-2 and was unbeaten through eight games.
• The last time St. John’s started a season 8-1-1 was in 2009. The Red Storm finished that season 13-6-2, 6-4-1 BIG EAST. It also marked the last year that St. John’s qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

SJU’s Shut-Down “D”
• The Red Storm back line of Sarah Ashmore, Hailey Hemmer, Rachel Hoffman and Georgia Kearney-Perry have allowed just two goals in 940 minutes of action.

Up Next
• St. John’s will wrap up its road trip as it travel to Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday to take on Butler at 1 p.m.

Ticket Info
• Season tickets are available for the cost of $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 released.