Women's Soccer sweeps season-opening weekend

The Red Storm ladies hosted Delaware and Fordham to open the season and won both contests, 2-1 and 5-0 respectively.

The St. John's Women's Soccer season is underway and the ladies opened up the 2013 campaign with a pair of victories this past weekend. The Red Storm got offensive help from freshman midfielder Morgan Tinari on Friday and were led by English freshman forward Rachel Daly on Sunday.

Awards

Daly won the Big East's Offensive Player of the Week award, and rookie goalkeeper Diana Poulin earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Week.

St. John's 2, Delaware 1

In Friday's contest against Delaware, freshman Morgan Tinari led the offense by netting both Red Storm goals. She scored her first collegiate goal just 14 minutes into the game with a shot that got passed Delaware goalkeeper Jessica Levy. The first half was all Red Storm as the Johnnies were able to keep the Blue Hens off the board while allowing just four shots.

Fast forward to the 70th minute. Delaware freshman Michelle McEnroe tied the game at 1 when she shot a rocket from 25 yards out past freshman Red Storm goalkeeper Diana Poulin.

Tinari's second goal of the contest came at the 79-minute mark. The goal was set up when a cross from midfielder Caitlyn McLaughlin was broken up by Delaware's keeper. Rachel Daly was able to get to the ball for St. John's and she sent it to Trinari, who then sent it home for the 2-1 win.

St. John's 5, Fordham 0

In Sunday's matinee with in-state rival Fordham, the Red Storm had no shortage of offensive power as the Johnnies topped the Rams, 5-0.

The Red Storm were led by Rachel Daly, a first-year player at St. John's. Daly, who played well against Delaware, netted a hat trick, scoring all three goals within the game's first 21 minutes of play. The dominant win marked the first time the Red Storm had beaten a team by a five-goal margin since topping the LIU Blackbirds 5-0 on Sept. 2, 2001.

St. John's also got goals from Chelsey Martino and Morgan Ritter and outshot the Rams 19-6, including a 10-2 margin in the second half.

Next up

The ladies' team travels to Amherst, Massachussets, to play the UMass Minutemen on Thursday, August 29 at 4:00 PM.

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