St. John's Blanks Seton Hall, 1-0, in BIG EAST Opener|
Sept. 24, 2016
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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Anna Maria Baldursdottir converted on a penalty kick for the Red Storm after nearly 70 minutes of scoreless play on Saturday, propelling the Red Storm to a 1-0 victory over Seton Hall to open BIG EAST play.
"I was really happy with the way we came out in the first half and possessed the ball," said Head Coach Ian Stone. "We made some tactical changes in the second half, which allowed us to create more opportunities. Any win on the road in the BIG EAST is a good one."
Baldursdottir's tally came in the 69th minute after a foul was called on the Pirates in the box. The sophomore sent her shot just inside the right post, beating Anna MacLean, for the game-winning goal.
The Red Storm earned the penalty try after Samie Scaffidi was taken down in the box during the struggle for a loose ball. Baldursdottir stepped to the spot and found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Diana Poulin continued her stellar play in net for the Red Storm, stopping shots towards the end of both the first and second halves to keep the Pirates off the board. In the final minutes of the match, Poulin got a hand on a drive by Sarah Schweinberg, sending the shot over the bar. The defense cleaned up the ensuing corner kick to preserve the clean sheet. The shutout was Poulin's seventh of the season, which ranked in the top-five in Division I and is two shy of her career-high set in 2014. The senior's goals-against average dropped to 0.28 and with the two saves, her save percentage climbed to .900.
Overall, the Red Storm outshot Seton Hall, 18-4. St. John's put five shots on goal, while the Pirates managed two.
The Johnnies had the majority of the scoring chances in the first half, outshooting the Pirates, 6-1, in the first 45 minutes. MacLean turned aside two shots, while Poulin stopped the only shot she faced in the first half. In the latter session, the Red Storm turned up the pressure, sending 11 shots towards MacLean, three of which were on goal. Seton Hall took three shots in the second half, two of which came in the final three minutes of play.
St. John's returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Butler in a BIG EAST contest at Belson Stadium. The opening kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.