Long Beach State Holds Off St. John's,1-0|
Sept. 17, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - With time winding down in the second half and the Red Storm trailing by a goal, the St. John’s women’s soccer team earned a corner kick, but a Maia Cabrera header was blocked as Long Beach State was able to hold off the Johnnies, 1-0, at Belson Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The 49ers (6-3-1) outshot St. John’s (4-4-1), 13-4, and maintained possession throughout most of the contest. Freshman keeper Antonia Tammaro, playing in her first game in front of the home crowd, made five saves.
Rocio Rodriguez converted the game’s lone goal in the 34th minute when she flicked in a cross from Kayla Cannon. Rodriguez, who was scratched from the starting lineup roughly 15 minutes prior to first kick, scored her second goal of the year.
St. John’s looked to get going early as the Johnnies won their first of six corner kicks in just the second minute of play. Junior Christina Bellero’s take was cleared away and on the ensuing counter, the Red Storm defense blocked the first shot of the afternoon off the foot of Katie Pingel.
Tammaro was then tasked with making saves in the 20th and 22nd minutes before Kaitlin Fregulia sent a shot off the crossbar later in the 22nd minute.
In the 29th minute, the 49ers earned a corner kick. Fregulia was able to get a head on the cross, but the St. John’s back line blocked the attempt, resulting in another corner. This time, Long Beach State sent a shot high as the game remained scoreless.
After Long Beach State scored in the 34th minute, the Johnnies looked to get even. In the 39th minute, Cabrera sent a corner kick into the box that found the head of Watson, but her try went wide as the 49ers took the 1-0 lead into the break.
Long Beach State came out looking to build on its lead early in the second, but Tammaro made her third save on the afternoon in the 47th minute. The Johnnies then had a shot blocked in the 49th minute before earning a corner in the 55th minute that the 49ers cleared.
Then, in the 58th minute, the Johnnies nearly tied the game following a set piece. After a foul was called, Martinov stepped up to take the free kick. The senior sent a shot towards the goal that nearly bounced over the head of Mia Hummel, but the Long Beach keeper punched it just over the bar to keep St. John’s off the board.
Tammaro then made saves in the 59th and 69th minutes to keep the Johnnies in the game.
Later, with less than a minute left in the second half, Hummel misplayed a bounce near the goal line just outside the net, resulting in a corner kick. Senior Shea Connors sent a ball into the box with 15 seconds left that found the head of Cabrera, but the freshman’s try was cleared away as Long Beach State held on.
St. John’s opens BIG EAST play next Sunday, Sept. 24 when it travels to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown. The first kick from Shaw Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.