DePaul Outlasts St. John's, 1-0, in Season Finale|
Oct. 26, 2017
CHICAGO - Playing for the final spot in the 2017 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship, the St. John’s women’s soccer team dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to host DePaul Thursday afternoon. The Red Storm wraps up the 2017 campaign with an 8-9-1 overall record and a 4-5-0 mark in BIG EAST play.
The Blue Demons (7-7-4, 3-2-4 BIG EAST) got on the board with just under two minutes to play before halftime. DePaul goalkeeper Lauren Frasca sent a long ball down the field that eventually found the feet of Franny Cerny, who sent a shot just under the bar and over the out-stretched hand of Jordan Kamp for the only goal of the match.
DePaul outshot St. John’s, 16-13, overall, but the Red Storm owned a 7-5 advantage in shots in the second half. Kamp made five saves on the day, while Frasca turned aside four shots.
The Blue Demons wasted no time offensively as Alexa Benn connected on a header in the second minute that Kamp turned away. DePaul sent a shot high in the ninth minute before the Johnnies could get going offensively. In the 11th minute, junior Christina Bellero had her first of a team-high four shots go wide.
The following minute, Kamp was tested again when Madeline Frick sent a shot on goal in the 13th minute, but the redshirt freshman keeper stood tall, keeping the Blue Demons off the board.
Later in the first half, St. John’s used counter attacks to catch the Blue Demons out of position. On two separate occasions, Bellero was able to find space along the far side of the field and sent a pair of strong shots towards the target, but both tries sailed wide as the game remained scoreless midway through the opening period.
Then, with time winding down in the first half, Frasca found Cerny with a long ball and Cerny found the back of the net, giving DePaul a 1-0 advantage with just over 90 seconds left in the opening stanza.
DePaul sent 11 shots towards Kamp in the first half, four of which were on target. St. John’s got off six shots over the course of the initial 45 minutes, but just two were on goal.
Freshman Maia Cabrera looked to single-handedly get to Red Storm even early in the second half as the Rego Park, N.Y., native sent a pair of shots towards goal in the 50th and 52nd minutes, respectively. However, both shots went wide as the Johnnies searched for an equalizer.
St. John’s controlled the pace throughout the beginning of the second half as Bellero sent a shot on goal in the 54th minute that Frasca stopped. In the 64th minute, Kamp made an incredible diving save off a set piece to keep it a one-goal game. DePaul earned a free kick just outside the box and Frick sent a strong shot towards the top right corner, but Kamp dove to her left to deny the shot.
Later, St. John’s earned a corner kick but DePaul was able to clear the danger in the 66th minute. On the ensuing counter attack, the St. John’s defense blocked a pair of Blue Demon shots before Kamp made another save in the 71st minute to keep her team in it.
Late in the game, DePaul tried to run out the clock but keeping the ball in the corner, but the Johnnies were able to get one last try on goal in the 90th minute. After a throw in, the ball was sent into the box where Mariela Jacome got a foot on it, but the flick missed wide and time expired.
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