Camara Game-Winner Lifts St. John’s Past Siena, 1-0|
Sept. 15, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - Senior captain Gabriel Camara tallied his second-career game-winner and Andrew Withers recorded his first-career shutout as St. John’s defeated Siena, 1-0, in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Withers was forced to make just one save, while Devin Morgan and Mike Prosuk each registered an assist for the Red Storm. Led by a defensive effort that did not allow a shot until the 72nd minute, St. John’s (1-5-0) outshot Siena by a 12-4 margin. Nick Mancini made one save in goal for Siena (0-4-2).
“This was a quick turnaround from our game on Saturday and I thought we came out focused and ready for the challenge,” said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. “We used our bench a little bit more tonight and received some nice contributions.”
St. John’s had the first shot of the game in the 6th minute, but a Filippo Ricupati effort from the edge of the 18-yard box was blocked.
The Red Storm then came up empty on a corner kick in the 11th minute and could not take advantage of another corner in the 14th minute.
The third time was the charm, however, as a corner kick in the 15th minute set up what proved to be the game’s lone goal. Adrian Welch took the corner, which was flicked on towards the center of the box by Prosuk. A touch by Morgan sent the ball back towards the near post for Camara, who found the back of the net.
St. John’s looked to add to its lead in the 24th minute as Antoine Le Gall had a shot saved by Mancini. Another Red Storm corner kick in the 25th minute then set up a shot for Welch that sailed high of the target.
The Red Storm had a shot blocked in the 34th minute, while another shot missed high in the 44th minute and the game remained 1-0 at halftime.
St. John’s pressured early in the second half as a Prosuk shot was blocked past the endline in the 52nd minute for the first of two-consecutive corner kicks. The second attempt found the head of Le Gall, who missed just high. The Red Storm regained possession and a Luis Esteves shot was blocked out of bounds for another corner kick in the 53rd minute, but the home side could not create a shot.
Siena, meanwhile, was held without a shot until Junior Rosero missed wide in the 72nd minute. The Saints later had a pair of shots blocked as part of a quick flurry in the 78th minute.
Siena registered its lone shot on goal in the 88th minute, but Withers smothered the effort from Rosero to secure the shutout and the victory.
St. John’s continues its homestand and returns to action on Sept. 19 with a 7 p.m. game against Wisconsin (ESPN3).