Oct. 24, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With seven spots up for grabs to reach the BIG EAST Championship, the St. John's women's soccer team edged closer to earning a berth to the tournament with a 2-1 win over Providence at Glay Field on Friday afternoon.
The Red Storm (8-5-4, 4-4-2 BIG EAST) has 14 points in the BIG EAST American Division and is fighting with Connecticut, USF, and Pittsburgh for the final three spots in the division. Both West Virginia and Marquette have already clinched a berth.
Providence (5-8-3, 0-7-3 BIG EAST) opened up the contest strong, attacking early and taking the 1-0 lead at the 10-minute mark. Off a deflection, Jill Camburn gained possession and took a shot from 10 yards out to give the Friars the early advantage.
The Red Storm countered 10 minutes later, knotting the score. Sarah McGrath passed the ball to C.J. Ludemann, who had the ball 15 yards away and fired a shot past goalie Jill Schott for the equalizer. The goal was the second of the season for Ludemann and the assist was fifth of the year for McGrath.
After both teams went back and forth, Tara Mendoza put St. John's in front, 2-1, in the 55th minute. Ludemann took the corner kick, and Mendoza headed the ball off a deflection into the back of the net. The goal is the second of Mendoza's career.
The defense remained strong the rest of the way, holding the Friars scoreless and limiting their shot selection. After allowing PC to take eight shots in the first half, the Red Storm held the Friars to three in the final half. Providence did have other scoring opportunities in the second half, but could not convert on its four corner kicks.
The Red Storm will return to action on Sunday when it travels to Storrs, Conn. to face UConn.