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St. John’s soccer recap: Men Fall, Women Prevail

Wendell Cruz

It seems like the St. John’s Men’s and Women’s soccer teams cannot win on the same weekend.

Last night during a double header at Belson Stadium in Queens, the men fell 1-0 in double-overtime to Marquette, while the women prevailed 1-0 over winless Seton Hall.

Connor Alba’s 110th minute goal off a high lofted cross denied the teams from sharing the points. With only 26 seconds left in the second overtime period, the Golden Eagles’ lone tally proved to be one of the game’s last kicks.

St. John’s’ best chance of the night came in the first half from freshman forward Jack Shearer. He chipped Marquette goalkeeper Luis Barraza and thought he had scored before Barraza recovered just before the ball had crossed the line.

Despite the loss, St. John’s Head Coach Dr. Dave Masur commended his team.

“It was unfortunate that we didn’t get a goal and we lost with 26 seconds to go, but it was a really good effort and we have to keep pushing forward,” Masur told RedStormSports.com after the game.

Andrew Withers made four stops for the Red Storm in net. The Johnnies (5-6-2, 2-2-1 Big East) might feel a little hard done by after leading in most statistical categories. They surpassed Marquette in shots 12 to nine, and earned one more corner kick, including three in overtime.

St. John’s hasn’t won in their last five games and will look to rebound on Saturday when they travel to DePaul to take on the Blue Demons at 2:00 P.M. That game can be seen on the Big East Digital Network.

In the night cap, the women’s team struck through Christina Bellero in the 68th minute to give the Red Storm a much-needed win over Seton Hall.

After some great combination play with Lucy Whipp and Allie Moar, Bellero was on-hand at the backpost for the easy tap to Whipp’s cross.

“She has the instinct to be in the right place at the right time and the composure to be able to finish, which is rare,” Head Coach Ian Stone said to RedStormSports.com of Bellero after the game. Bellero now has six goals on the season.

Despite not being able to score in the first half, the Red Storm came out of the locker room with energy and intense pressure that put the Pirates’ backline under duress. At the end of the first half, the Johnnies led in the shot column 10-2.

St. John’s Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jordan Kamp came up with a huge save from point blank range. A slip by a St. John’s defender allowed a Pirate breakway, a task that Kamp was up for.

The women’s team (6-8-1, 2-4-0 Big East) travels to Villanova for a showdown with the Wildcats at 4:00 P.M. on the Big East Digital Network.