Sept. 29, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Playing its second BIG EAST match of the 2016 season, the Red Storm played the defending BIG EAST champs, Butler, to a scoreless tie on Thursday night at Belson Stadium.
"I thought there were some situations in the game where if we had done things a little differently, maybe be a little more physical on occasion or a little more composed in the final third, then we change that tie into a win, which is what we are striving to do moving forward," Head Coach Ian Stone said.
In a matchup of two stingy defenses, neither team's offense could break through on the scoreboard.
The Red Storm had many chances over the course of the contest, sending seven shots on target. The Johnnies outshot the Bulldogs, 19-14, and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks as well.
Late in the second half, the Johnnies had their best chances when Sammie Scaffidi and Allie Moar sent shots on goal in the 96th and 97th minutes, respectively, both of which were turned aside by Hannah Luedtke.
Keeper Diana Poulin made a season-best six saves to earn her eighth shutout of the season. After playing well in the first 104 minutes of action, it was a save in the 105th minute that stood out. With the Bulldogs pressuring the Red Storm defense, Maria Collica sent a long shot towards goal that Poulin punched over the bar to keep the game scoreless.
"She was always a great shot stopper, but she's gotten more and more confident as time has gone on," Stone said of Poulin. "She actually misjudged the flight of the ball and lost it in the lights. For her to be able to re-adjust her footwork and to make the decision to punch rather than catch it just showed that veteran experience."
St. John's will next be in action on Sunday when they visit Marquette in a BIG EAST match. The first kick is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
The Last Meeting
November 6, 2015
Omaha, Neb. (Morrison Stadium)