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STJ To Face Virginia In First NCAA Tournament Appearance



Nov. 11, 2009

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - In a season filled with milestones, the 2009 St. John's women's soccer team has made history once again, earning its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in the program's 23rd year of existence. The Red Storm will face Virginia at 5 p.m. on Friday at Jeffrey Field on the campus of Penn State.

    • In the four-team pod, host and No. 4 seed Penn State will face Colgate in the first-round contest on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winners on Friday will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m.

    • Live stats for all contests will be available on the Penn State Web site, Box scores, game recaps, postgame quotes and additional information will also be available.

    Seven BIG EAST Teams Selected To NCAA Tourney
    • St. John's is one of seven BIG EAST teams to make the field of 64, which includes Rutgers, West Virginia, Marquette, Notre Dame, Villanova and UConn. The seven bids tie for the second most in league history.

    A Look At The Competition
    • The Red Storm and the Cavaliers meet for the first time in history on Friday. Virginia has recorded a 9-5-5 slate this season, including a 3-0-2 mark in its last five games. In its last outing, the Cavaliers faced Boston College in the ACC Tournament and battled to a scoreless double-overtime tie. The Golden Eagles, however, advanced on penalty kicks. A notable win for the Cavaliers is a 1-0 victory on Oct. 30 over Florida State, a No. 1 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

    Potential Opponents
    • Penn State would be a first-time opponent for the Red Storm if they were to face each other on Sunday. The Nittany Lions make their 14th-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, and are 28-13-1 all-time in NCAA action. Penn State has a record an 8-1-1 record through its last 10 games, with its last loss coming on Sept. 27, a 3-2 overtime decision at Michigan State. The Nittany Lions are currently ranked No. 16 in the NSCAA and No. 9 in the Soccer America Poll.

    • Colgate enters the tournament with an 11-6-3 slate. The Raiders earned the automatic qualifier after defeating American 1-0 in double overtime to win their 11th Patriot League Championship. Colgate returns to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004. The Red Storm and Raiders have met once before, as Colgate won the initial meeting, 4-1, on Sept. 9, 2005.

    One Of Its Best Seasons In History
    • The 2009 campaign is one of the best in program history for St. John's, as it earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Red Storm also made an appearance in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals, marking the second time in history.

    • Its 13 wins are the second most all-time, which is only one win from tying the record set in 1994. With six BIG EAST wins and eight home victories, the Red Storm tied the school records it set in 2007. STJ has recorded nine shutouts, which tie for the second most in a season, only one away from tying the record it set last year.

    • St. John's entered the NSCAA Top 25 Poll for the first time ever, eventually rising to No. 17 on Sept. 28. The team also received its highest ranking in history in the Soccer America Poll when it was listed as No. 11 on Oct. 5.

    STJ Ranked Among The Best
    • St. John's is ranked in the top 50 among all Division I schools in three categories through Nov. 8 games. The Red Storm is listed at No. 15 with a save percentage of 0.870, and is No. 19 with a goals against average of 0.628. With a winning percentage of .675, STJ has the 48th-best mark in the nation.

    • Individually, Kristin Russell is listed in the top 25 in two categories. The goalie is ranked 20th with a 0.866 save percentage and is 24th with a 0.628 goals against average.

    Only One Away
    • Coach Ian Stone is only one win away from his 150th career victory.



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