St. John's Visits DePaul on Thursday in Regular Season Finale|
Oct. 25, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Coming off a dramatic 1-0 win in double overtime against Xavier in its last outing, the St. John’s women’s soccer team will look to close out the regular season with a fourth-straight win and clinch a spot in the 2017 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship field on Thursday as the Red Storm takes on DePaul.
The Johnnies and Blue Demons are scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET first kick live on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Ryan Piers and Andrew Goldstein will have the call.
With five of the six spots in the upcoming tournament solidified, St. John’s can earn a fifth-straight appearance in the conference tournament with a win or draw on Thursday. The Red Storm enters the final day of the regular season with an 8-8-1 overall record and a 4-4-0 mark in league play.
In its last outing against Xavier, St. John’s got some help from the Musketeers as the Red Storm claimed a 1-0, double overtime victory after Xavier scored an own goal in the 108th minute. Freshman Maia Cabrera sent a long pass towards junior Christina Bellero, but a Xavier defender got there first looking to play it back to the goalkeeper. Instead, the ball found the back of the net, giving St. John’s its third-straight win and second shutout in the last three matches.
Defensively, redshirt freshman Jordan Kamp made six saves to earn her seventh win of the season. The Allentown, Pa., native lowered her goals against average to 0.95 in 13 games this season and was honored for her play with a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time in as many weeks.
DePaul enters play on Thursday with an overall record of 6-7-4 and a 2-2-4 mark in BIG EAST contests. The Blue Demons handled Villanova, 6-3, in their last outing.
Senior Alexa Benn earned the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week honor after scoring a hat trick in the win over the Wildcats. Benn now has seven goals and an assist for 15 points on the year.
Between the pipes, Lauren Frasca has posted a pair of shutouts and sports a 1.17 goals against average and a .753 save percentage, playing all but 31 minutes in goal this season. DePaul currently ranks third in the conference in points (68) and goals (25) and has scored four or more goals three times this season. The Red Storm ranks third in the league in goals allowed (16) and goals against average (0.90) and have held opponents to one goal or less in 14 of the 17 games this year.
Thursday’s meeting between St. John’s and DePaul will be the seventh all-time in the history of the two programs. The Red Storm holds a slim 3-2-1 advantage in the all-time series history. St. John’s has struggled on the road against the Blue Demons. DePaul is 2-0-1 against the Johnnies in games played in Chicago with the most recent meeting in the Windy City coming in 2015. St. John’s tied then-No. 18 DePaul, 1-1, after 110 minutes of action.
With a win or a draw, St. John’s will qualify for the 2017 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship, which will kick off on Oct. 29 at campus sites.