St. John's Downs Fordham, 1-0, in Exhibition Action|
Aug. 9, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Behind a solid effort all around, the St. John’s women’s soccer team defeated Fordham, 1-0, to begin exhibition play Wednesday night at Belson Stadium.
The Red Storm successfully defended its home turf in the squad’s first preseason match of the season, picking up where they left off after going unbeaten at home last season.
The Johnnies dominated the possession game and outshot Fordham, 12-3, as the two teams played three 30-minute periods under the lights in Queens.
After a generally slow start to the action, redshirt junior Maria Gonzalez Bullon got off a pair of shots, one that was blocked and one that went wide, with just over four minutes left in the opening period.
Then, in the second period, the Red Storm picked it up offensively. Junior Lucy Whipp and redshirt freshman Zsani Kajan had shots blocked before freshman Maia Cabrera ripped a shot from just outside the box off a feed from junior Claudia Cagnina. Cabrera’s left-footed shot hit the bottom of the cross bar and bounced down over the line, giving the Red Storm a 1-0 advantage. Later in the period, Cabrera sent another shot on goal that missed by inches as the strike banged off the post. As a unit, St. John’s took nine shots in the second stanza, four of which were on target.
The Rams had a few opportunities in the middle period, connecting for a pair of shots that the St. John’s defense blocked as the Johnnies continued to showcase a stellar defensive back line that was one of the nation’s best a year ago.
Both teams managed just one shot apiece in the final 30 minutes. Freshman goalkeeper Antonia Tammaro stood tall against her only shot faced as the Red Storm maintained possession for most of the period.
Next up for the Red Storm is a clash with Penn State on Saturday, Aug. 12 when the Johnnies suit up for their final preseason match before the start of the regular season. The 2017 campaign officially kicks off on Friday, Aug. 18 when the squad travels to Philadelphia to take on La Salle.