Sept. 25, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's women's soccer team held No. 11 West Virginia scoreless in its BIG EAST home opener en route to the 0-0 double-overtime tie at Belson Stadium Thursday night.
"This was a fantastic performance in the fact that we kept one of the most potent offenses in the country off the board," head coach Ian Stone said. "It's a mark of how well we can defend. I am so pleased with our level of composure and our possession of the ball."
With the tie, the Red Storm's record stands at 4-1-4, 0-0-2 BIG EAST, while No. 11 West Virginia's goes to 6-1-3, 1-0-1 BIG EAST.
Although the numbers were in West Virginia's favor in the shot column, 19-5, the Mountaineers only had four on net and goalkeeper Kristin Russell made the stand-up saves.
Once again for the Red Storm the story was the strong defensive efforts. The team transitioned well and came up with blocks and deflections, thereby limiting WVU to very few scoring opportunities in the overall team effort.
The best scoring chances that West Virginia had were in the first half. St. John's defender Courtney Lane came up with a big play in the 15th minute, tackling Erica Henderson just outside the box and eliminating a one-on-one opportunity. In the 17th minute, WVU's Carolyn Blank headed the ball off a corner towards the net, but Sarah McGrath made a stellar play blocking the shot.
As the game progressed, the Red Storm offense challenged and had its own scoring chances. In the 74th minute, McGrath went past the defenders and kicked the ball hard, but goalkeeper Kerri Butler made the save. In the 106th minute, the Red Storm had a corner kick and Courtney Curby headed the ball toward the goal, just missing wide.
On the year, the Red Storm has posted seven shutouts and is only two away from tying the team record of nine.
St. John's will continue BIG EAST play on Sunday at 1 p.m. when it travels to face Pittsburgh.