Sept. 22, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. -
After posting a perfect 2-0 record this past weekend, including a shutout win over Syracuse in its BIG EAST opener, the St. John's women's soccer team climbed to No. 15 in the Soccer America Top 25 Poll and reentered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 Poll at No. 23.
With the wins, the Red Storm improved to 7-1, 1-0 BIG EAST this season and extended its winning streak to four.
On Friday, STJ scored two first-half goals to take the early 2-0 lead. Kelly McConnell scored the first goal of the contest and her first goal of the year, and Nicole Doran was credited with the assist. Kaitlin Haas added an insurance goal in the 42nd minute, and C.J. Ludemann and Amanda Pasciolla were credited with assists.
The stingy back line held Syracuse to only seven shots in the game. Kristin Russell recorded the 14th shutout of her career, moving into a tie for fourth place in the St. John's all-time record books.
St. John's continued its winning ways into its last regular-season non-conference game of the year, posting a 2-1 win at Columbia on Sunday. Haas got the offense going, giving the Red Storm the early lead in the 34th minute. After the Lions knotted the score, Tatiana Duggan scored her first-career goal in the 71st minute to win the game for STJ.
The Red Storm will look to extend its winning streak on Thursday when it welcomes BIG EAST foe No. 16/25 Connecticut at 7 p.m.