St. John's Tops Xavier, 1-0, in Double Overtime

Oct. 22, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Playing at home for the final time during the 2017 regular season, the St. John’s women’s soccer team escaped with a 1-0 win after Xavier scored an own goal in the 108th minute at Belson Stadium Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Red Storm has now won three straight games to bring its overall record to 8-8-1 with a 4-4-0 mark in BIG EAST games with just one regular season game remaining.

Late in the second overtime period, freshman Maia Cabrera sent a long ball for junior Christina Bellero. Instead, the ball found the foot of a Xavier defender, who attempted to clear it wide of the goal but sent it inside the near post for an own goal.

“Xavier is a very good team,” Head Coach Ian Stone said after the game. “It’s no coincidence they have the record they have so far this season. I thought, in the first half, they took it to us a little so we had to change some things up at halftime. Then it was just a matter of fighting, digging deep on our home field on Senior Day to get the result. We had some pretty good chances and didn’t capitalize on them but we just kept pushing forward and believing and eventually found a way.”


 

 

Bellero led the offense with six shots, four of which went on goal. As a team, the Red Storm took 12 shots and hit the target eight times, while Xavier (8-6-4, 4-2-2 BIG EAST) took 12 shots, six of which were on goal. Redshirt freshman Jordan Kamp made six saves to earn her seventh win and fourth clean sheet of the year. Toni Bizzaro made seven saves for Xavier.

The back line of Christine McBeath, Mecara Bruce, Jesse Schaefer and Mikhaila Martinov, along with Allie Moar, all played the full time. Redshirt freshman Zsani Kajan logged 52 minutes of play with one shot, while Cabrera played 48 minutes and added a try of her own.

Xavier looked to pressure St. John’s early, winning corner kicks in the fourth and 10th minutes of the first half. The Red Storm did manage to send a shot on goal between the Musketeer corners, as Mariela Jacome had her attempt saved in the eighth minute.

In the 27th minute, Kamp was tested for the first time when Xavier was awarded a free kick within striking distance. The Allentown, Pa., native came off her line to catch Abby O’Keefe’s shot to keep the Musketeers off the board.

Later, Cabrera, who had checked in just four minutes prior, sent a shot high over the bar in the 29th minute.

Then, in the 40th minute, Xavier forced a turnover in the St. John’s defensive zone and Emma Westwater sent a strong shot on goal that Kamp punched away, keeping the game scoreless.

Both teams managed just two shots each in the first half. Kamp stopped both tries while Bizzaro turned aside the only shot on goal she faced.

In the second half, the Red Storm turned up the offensive pressure. Bellero sent shots on goal in the 51st and 56th minutes, but Bizzaro stood tall. Towards the end of the half, Bellero sent a shot wide in the 89th minute before Xavier had a shot sail wide in the 90th minute. With no score through 90 minutes of play, the game would be decided in overtime.

St. John’s held an 8-4 advantage in shots throughout the second half. Bizzaro made a total of five stops while Kamp made one in the latter stanza.

In the first overtime period, Xavier had the majority of the chances, sending a shot wide in the 91st minute before the Johnnies could respond. In the 95th minute, Bellero got in deep and had a shot saved, then the Melville native sent the rebound back towards goal but the Xavier defense blocked the shot.

Later in the first extra session, Xavier tested Kamp again in the 98th and 100th minutes, but the redshirt freshman turned aside the first shot and watched the second try go wide, keeping the game knotted at zero entering the second overtime period.

Xavier went on the offensive early in the second overtime, sending a pair of shots towards Kamp in the 104th minutes. The initial try from Sydney Schembri was blocked and Kamp turned aside the rebound attempt from Westwater.

Later, in the 108th minute, Schembri had a shot blocked and the Johnnies looked to counter. Cabrera gathered at midfield and sent a ball for Bellero, but a Xavier defender got a foot on it and sent it inside the near post, scoring an own goal and giving the Red Storm a 1-0 win in double overtime.

St. John’s wraps up the 2017 regular season on Thursday, Oct. 26 when the Johnnies travel to Chicago to take on DePaul. The Red Storm and Blue Demons are scheduled for a 3 p.m. first kick on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

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