St. John's Takes on No. 6/3 Georgetown on Thursday

Oct. 5, 2016

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Coming off a 2-0 loss at Marquette in its last outing, the St. John's women's soccer team hosts No. 6/3 Georgetown in a BIG EAST match at Belson Stadium on Thursday night. The Johnnies are 1-1-1 in their last three contests, all of which were BIG EAST matches.

• Thursday's match will pit the second and third leading defensive units in the BIG EAST against one another, as St. John's is second in the league with a 0.46 goals-against average, while Georgetown is third at 0.71. As a team, the Red Storm's goals-against average ranks ninth in the nation and the Johnnies have shutout eight of their 12 opponents this season. In total, St. John's is second in the BIG EAST with six goals allowed over 12 games, while Georgetown is third with eight goals allowed in 11 games.

• Goalkeeper Diana Poulin, the two-time defending BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and this season's Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year, has continued her solid play in net. Through the first 12 games, Poulin has allowed just five goals and made 38 saves, including a season-high six against Butler on Sept. 29. The Hauppauge, N.Y. native leads the conference in most major goalkeeping statistics, as her 0.39 goals-against average, .884 save percentage and eight shutouts all are good enough for the league lead. Additionally, she ranks third in the nation in clean sheets, ninth in GAA and 14th in save percentage.

• In addition to their standout defensive unit, the Johnnies also boast a balanced scoring attack led by Shea ConnorsAnna Maria BaldursdottirSamie Scaffidiand Christina Bellero with two goals apiece on the season.



• Georgetown enters Thursday's match with a record of 9-1-1 overall on the season and a 1-0-1 mark in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas continue to gain the attention of the national polls, checking in at No. 6 and No. 3 in the latest NSCAA and Soccer America polls, respectively. Georgetown's lone loss of the season thus far was to No. 5/1 Stanford and the Hoyas have beaten three top-15 teams in No. 12 Rutgers, No. 3 Virginia and No. 2 West Virginia.

• The Hoyas leading offensive threats, Rachel Corboz and Grace Damaska, rank in the top-10 in the BIG EAST in many categories. Corboz's 20 points are tied for third in the league, while Damaska's 17 are fifth. Damaska is tied for second in the conference with eight goals and Corboz is fifth with seven. Finally, Corboz is tied for the league lead with six assists.

• After scoring the game-winner in the Hoyas' victory over Xavier on Sunday, sophomore forward Amanda Carolan earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.

• As a team, the Hoyas have won five straight road games.

• St. John's and Georgetown have met 16 times in the history of the two programs with the Hoyas holding an 8-6-2 advantage all-time.

• The Red Storm and Hoyas have met three times over the past two seasons, most notably during the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament at Belson Stadium in 2014. In that game, the Johnnies battled to the end before the Hoyas advanced in penalty kicks, ending the Red Storm's big for a conference crown. Earlier that season, Shelby Halasz scored a brilliant goal from just inside midfield powering the Red Storm to a 1-0 victory over No. 25/16 Georgetown at Belson Stadium.


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