Nov. 11, 2009
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, www.gopsusports.com. Box scores, game recaps, postgame quotes and additional information will also be available.
Seven BIG EAST Teams Selected To NCAA Tourney
A Look At The Competition
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
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
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.
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