Martinov Nets Game-Winner in 2-1 Comeback Win Over Loyola|
Sept. 8, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - A dominant second half and key reserve play led to a pair of Red Storm goals in the latter stanza as the St. John’s women’s soccer team defeated Loyola, 2-1, in come-from-behind fashion on Friday night at Belson Stadium. Samie Scaffidi and Mikhaila Martinov scored for the Red Storm, while redshirt freshman keeper Jordan Kamp made four saves to preserve the win.
“Tonight’s game showed the depth we have where some of the players that have played a lot of minutes for us so far weren’t quite on their game,” Head Coach Ian Stone said. “Some other players were given the opportunity and stepped up and I think it shows the identity of the team. We didn’t play well for the first 15 or 20 minutes so when it goes like that, can we tap in to what we’re all about as a group and what our character is and come through and keep persevering, which I think we did.”
Loyola (2-5-0) scored in the 32nd minute to take a 1-0 lead over the Red Storm (4-1-1). Julianna Cabrera made her way through the midfield and sent a shot just inside the near post past a diving Kamp for the tally. From that moment, St. John’s took control.
Following the Greyhound goal, redshirt freshman Zsani Kajan, who logged 28 minutes of play off the bench, got in behind the defense in the 34th minute and seemed to net the equalizer, but the flag went up as the play was called offside. Later, in the 44th minute, Kajan sent a shot towards the net that trickled just wide before Scaffidi sent a header high as Loyola held onto a 1-0 lead at the break.
St. John’s held a 9-4 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes of play. Sumer Rahe made three saves for the Greyhounds, while Kamp stopped a pair of shots in the first half.
In the 51st minute, the Johnnies evened the score. Following a free kick, Scaffidi gained possession, made a move around a defender from the left side of the box and sent a shot just inside the far post and under the bar for the equalizer.
The Red Storm looked destined to break the tie in the 75th minute but the Loyola defense held on tight. Lucy Whipp had a shot turned aside before Christina Bellero’s shot was blocked. Madeline McCracken then sent the rebound high as St. John’s continued to pressure the Greyhounds back line.
With time winding down in the second half, the Red Storm was awarded a free kick inside the midfield line. Allie Moar sent a ball into the box that was headed by Mariela Jacome towards the net. Martinov was there to flick in the loose ball for the go-ahead goal, her second career tally.
Then, in the 87th minute, Loyola looked poised to even the score once again. The Greyhounds were awarded a free kick of their own, which Cabrera stepped up to take. The junior ripped a shot on goal that Kamp dove for and punched away, preserving the 2-1 score and the victory for the Red Storm.
“Jordan was very composed because at that point, with all the pressure on you, you have to find a way to keep concentrating and to move your feet and make a big save and she did,” Stone said of his redshirt freshman goalkeeper. “I also think she did a good job of organizing things and making sure we were better defensively in that second half.”
Overall, St. John’s outshot Loyola, 18-6, as the Red Storm limited the Greyhounds to just two second-half shots while the Johnnies took nine shots throughout the final 45 minutes of play.
St. John’s returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 10, playing host to Lehigh at 7 p.m. at Belson Stadium. Sunday’s match can been seen live on ESPN3.