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St. John’s Soccer Update: mixed weekend for Red Storm

Johnnies bit the nails this weekend... and came away with L’s

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After an emotional 1-0 for the St. John’s women’s soccer team Friday night in Queens, two more nail-biting conference games went against the Red Storm men’s and women’s squads this weekend.

St. John’s men

The Johnnies were looking to rebound against Butler after a 2-1 midweek loss against non-conference opponent Lehigh last Tuesday.

In that game on Tuesday, St. John’s led for most of the second half, after striker Filipo Ricupati converted a penalty late in the first half. Then, late second half goals from visiting Lehigh’s Alex Greene and defender Zarin Tuten gave the Mountain Hawks the win.

The loss marked the end of a four game win streak and five game unbeaten streak for St. John’s. After the Lehigh game, the team traveled to take on the 22nd ranked Bulldogs on the road.

The Red Storm defense held on strong all game—as it has all season—before the Bulldogs’ Lewis Suddick converted a penalty kick in the last minute of double overtime to see Butler improve to 3-0 in conference play.

How did it happen? After Butler goalie Eric Dick made a save, he sparked a counterattack after cleverly finding forward Brandon Guhl who fired a shot for Butler that was saved by Andrew Withers. Withers’ parry put the ball into the middle of the box where a scrum led to the penalty kick being called.

The best opportunity for the Red Storm came in the 61st minute when the Italian Ricupati launched a shot from the top of the box that grazed the left post. Defender Wilhelm Nilsson’s header was saved by Eric Dick that led to the Butler counterattack.

The Johnnies fell to 5-4-1, and 2-1 in conference play. Despite the loss, Andrew Withers was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after making a season-high six saves in the game on Saturday. Withers is ranked in the top 20 nationally in goals against average (.580), save percentage (.846), and shutouts (5).

St. John’s women

On Sunday, the women’s hosted Marquette two days after their 1-0 win in double overtime against Creighton. The win against the Blue Jays was the team’s first win in four games.

St. John’s forward Christina Bellero got back in the score sheet with one of the last kicks of the game. Bellero capitalized off an incisive through ball from Maia Cabrera that freed Bellero to tap it home past Creighton goalie McKenzie Meola.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Kamp picked up a season-high eight saves to secure the win.

The women’s side worked to keep the winning going against the Eagles, but Darian Powell’s 23rd minute goal proved to be enough to see Marquette leave Queens with a win.

St. John’s, now 5-6-1 overall and 1-2-0 in conference, looked for a breakthrough in the 34th minute when a tackle on Mariela Jacome resulted in a penalty, by Maia Cabrera’s attempt went over the bar, keeping the score at 1-0.

Christina Bellero’s performances landed her a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Bellero’s currently ranked fourth in the conference with five goals. This is Bellero’s third time being named to the honor roll.

The Red Storm now head to Providence for a Thursday night showdown in Friartown. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 P.M. kick.

After that, the Johnnies continue their road trip to Indianapolis on Sunday where they take on Butler at 1:00 P.M.

On Friday, the men play Creighton in Omaha at 8:00 P.M. The game can be seen on the Fox Sports Go App.