St. John's Falls Short at Providence, 2-1|
Oct. 5, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, the St. John’s women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Providence Thursday night.
Senior Mariela Jacome gave St. John’s (5-7-1, 1-3-0 BIG EAST) a 1-0 lead with a header in the 23rd minute, but Providence (7-6-0, 2-2-0 BIG EAST) responded with a pair of goals in the second half and held off the Red Storm attack to come away with the victory.
Providence held a slim 12-11 advantage in shots despite the Red Storm sending six of its shots on target to the Friars’ four. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jordan Kamp made a pair of saves while Shelby Hogan turned aside five shots for Providence.
Junior Christina Bellero and redshirt freshman Zsani Kajan led the offensive attack with a pair of shots each. Bellero assisted on Jacome’s goal to increase her team-leading point mark to 13 on the year.
Providence looked to get going early as the Friars earned their first of seven corner kicks in the third minute. Theresa Durkee connected on a header off the corner, but her shot went wide as Providence continued to pressure the St. John’s defense.
Later, in the 17th minute, Kamp made a spectacular diving save to keep the game scoreless. After a turnover in the defensive end, Camille Murphy sent a long shot on goal that seemed destined to find the back of the net until Kamp dove to her right and sent it away. The Johnnies cleared the following corner to keep the Friars off the board.
Then, in the 23rd minute, the Red Storm earned a corner kick. Bellero sent the ball into the box but Providence sent it back out. Bellero gathered the ball on the right side of the pitch and sent a looping cross to the far post that found the head of Jacome who sent it in for the goal. The tally was Jacome’s second of the season.
The two teams traded blocked shots in the 32nd minute before the Friars earned a corner with just over 10 minutes left in the first half. The Johnnies were able to clear but three minutes later, Providence sent a shot high over the bar that began a stretch of Friar pressure. The following minute, Providence earned a corner and had a header blocked before the horn sounded to signal the end of the first half.
Providence owned a 6-3 advantage in shots after 45 minutes of play, although just one of its six tries was on target. Additionally, the Friars won four corners in the first half to the Red Storm’s one.
St. John’s looked to add on to its lead in the opening minutes of the second half as Shea Connors sent a shot wide in the 49th minute. The Red Storm continued to pressure by winning a corner in the 57th minute, but Providence cleared the threat.
Then, in the 58th minute, Kayla Steeves sent a corner kick into the box that found Madison Doherty, who tied the game with a header.
Following the equalizer, St. John’s looked to go back in front. Lucy Whipp had a shot blocked in the 59th minute that resulted in a corner kick. Mikhaila Martinov came up from the back line and sent a header wide. Later, in the 64th minute, Connors sent a corner kick into the box that found the head of Jesse Schaefer, but her try was stopped. In the 66th minute, Bellero, who had checked back in just a minute earlier, sent a shot on goal that Hogan saved to keep the game tied at one.
In the 71st minute, Providence went ahead for good. Alessandra Arace sent a ball into the box and Casey Estey connected on a header that found the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal.
St. John’s did try to mount a comeback, but Hogan stopped a shot by Kajan in the closing seconds to secure the win.
The Red Storm is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 8 when the Johnnies take on Butler. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first kick and will be streamed live on Facebook.