Lehigh Outlasts, St. John's, 2-1

Sept. 10, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Trailing by a goal with under five minutes to play in the second half, the St. John’s women’s soccer team came within inches of tying the score after a free kick was punched off the bar and the ensuing loose ball was just barely cleared off the line as Lehigh held off the Red Storm, 2-1, at Belson Stadium Sunday night.

The Mountain Hawks (4-2-1) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a goal in the eighth minute. The Johnnies (4-2-1) evened the score in the 27th minute, but Lehigh regained the lead early in the second half and held off a late St. John’s push to close out the win.

Both sides took 14 shots while Sam Miller was tasked with making seven saves for Lehigh. Redshirt freshman Jordan Kamp made one save for St. John’s.

In the eighth minute, the Mountain Hawks earned a free kick in the attacking zone. Sabrina Mertz sent a ball into the box that eventually found the foot of Amanda Stratton. Stratton’s shot was blocked, but Kayla Arestivo was there to clean up the rebound, giving the visitors a 1-0 advantage.

Following the goal, St. John’s looked to respond quickly. In the 12th minute, junior Madeline McCracken sent a shot on goal that was stopped. Later in the half, Lehigh earned a corner kick in the 18th minute. The Red Storm defense held strong, as the Mountain Hawks sent a shot high over the bar.

Then, in the 28th minute, St. John’s earned a penalty kick after a player was fouled in the box. Junior Christina Bellero stepped to the spot, sending a shot to the keeper’s left that was stopped. Fellow junior Lucy Whipp was there to send in the rebound to tie the game at one.



The Johnnies continued to pressure Lehigh in the closing minutes of the first half as Bellero and freshman Maia Cabrera were able to get shots off in the 41st and 42nd minutes, respectively. Bellero’s shot was saved before Cabrera sent her shot wide.  St. John’s held a 9-7 advantage in shots in the first half as Miller made five saves in the opening 45 minutes for Lehigh. Additionally, the Mountain Hawks earned a pair of corners to the Johnnies’ one.

St. John’s came out fast early in the second half, but it was the Mountain Hawks who were able to pull ahead. In the 50th minute, Arestivo was fouled in the box and Annika Jansa converted the ensuing penalty kick to put Lehigh up, 2-1.

Then, with the score still 2-1 in favor of the Mountain Hawks, Bellero earned a free kick in the 87th minute. The Johnnies’ leading scorer sent a looping shot from the left side of the pitch to the far post that Miller punched off the bar, causing a loose ball near the goal line. Junior Samie Scaffidi was able to get a foot on it, but the Lehigh defenders were able to clear the line despite the Red Storm’s desperate attempt to level the score.

St. John’s returns to the pitch on Thursday, Sept. 14 when the Johnnies travel to Newton, Mass., to take on Boston College. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.


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