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No. 11/22 Women's Soccer Opens Four-Game Road Trip At Pitt And WVU
 
 

Jen Leaverton
 
Jen Leaverton
 

Oct. 8, 2009

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - The No. 11/22 St. John's women's soccer team opens a four-game road trip this weekend when it travels to face Pittsburgh on Friday at 7 p.m. and West Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m.

    • The Red Storm has posted a 9-2-1, 3-1-1 BIG EAST record this season, while Pittsburgh has a 6-2-4, 1-0-4 BIG EAST mark and WVU has a 5-4-4, 2-2-1 BIG EAST slate.

    • Friday's Red Storm-Panthers match will feature live stats that can be accessed on PittsburghPanthers.com or RedStormSports.com. Sunday's game between WVU and STJ will feature live stats that can be found on MSNSportsNet.com.

    A Look At The Competition
    • St. John's and Pittsburgh meet for the 10th time in history on Friday. The Red Storm leads the series 5-2-2, including a 4-1-1 mark at home and a 1-1-1 slate on the road. The teams have split the last two meetings. In the series, the Red Storm has outscored Pitt 17-10. After getting off to a strong 4-0 start on the season, the Panthers have gone 2-2-4 in their last eight contests.

    • The Red Storm and Mountaineers face off for the 14th time in history, with West Virginia leading the series 8-2-3. In last year's meeting, the teams battled to a scoreless tie in double overtime, marking the second tie in three years. WVU will face Syracuse on Friday before welcoming STJ to Morgantown, W.Va. The Mountaineers have won three of their last five games, including a 2-0 win over DePaul in their last outing.

    Weekend Recap
    • The Red Storm posted a 1-1 slate over the weekend, shutting out Louisville, 1-0, on Friday, before losing a close contest to Cincinnati, 1-0, on Sunday.

    • On Oct. 2, Courtney Lane scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds left in regulation to lift the Red Storm to the 1-0 victory over Louisville. Vaila Barsley registered the assist. Kristin Russell had another strong performance in net for the Red Storm, making five saves while facing 13 shots in the shutout. With her performance, the sophomore climbed higher in the STJ career record books, tying for third with 16 career shutouts.

    • On Oct. 4, Cincinnati scored an early goal in the first half and held off STJ's potent offensive attack in the second half for the 1-0 win. St. John's offensive pressure was strong throughout the game, as it outshot UC, 17-7. Eight Red Storm players tallied a shot in the contest. Raelynne Lee led the way with a game-high five shots, while C.J. Ludemann added three shots on goal.

    Tied For The Best Start In Program History
    • With a 9-2-1 record to open the 2009 campaign, St. John's is off to its best start since 1992 when it went 10-2.

    Edging Closer To A Program Record
    • St. John's is close to tying or setting the program record in home victories. With six home wins in 2009, the Red Storm needs only two wins to tie the record or three to set the new mark.

    Lane's Winner BigAppleSoccer.com Goal Of The Week
    • Lane's game-winning goal against Louisville on Oct. 2 was named the BigAppleSoccer.com Goal of the Week. The senior scored her first goal of the year with 41 seconds left in regulation to lead the Red Storm to the shutout win.

    Red Storm Ranked Among The Best
    • St. John's is ranked in the top 25 among all Division I schools in three categories through Oct. 4 games. The Red Storm is listed at No. 24 with a 0.792 winning percentage, which is the second highest among all BIG EAST schools. STJ's save percentage of 0.875 is the 19th highest in the nation, while its goals against average of 0.568 is the 19th best.

    • Individually, Russell is listed in two categories. The goalie is ranked 22nd with a 0.870 save percentage and is 19th with a 0.568 goals against average.

     

     

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