A busy weekend at Belson Stadium in Queens concluded on Sunday night with a tough 2-1 loss for the St. John’s women’s soccer team against Lehigh.
In a back-and-forth affair, with both teams tallying 14 shots, Lehigh’s Kayla Arestivo was able to put the ball in the back of the net after the initial shot was blocked. The Red Storm responded well, earning a penalty kick just 16 minutes after Lehigh had gone ahead.
Christina Bellero stepped up to take it and it was saved, but Lucy Whipp followed the shot well and was able to find the bottom corner to equalize.
St. John’s continued this momentum into the beginning of the second half, but a Lehigh counterattack led to Arestivo being fouled in the box. Lehigh converted the penalty through Annika Jansa, making it 2-1.
The Johnnies final attack in the 87th minute brought out some superb defending from the Mountain Hawks. After Bellero chipped a shot that Sam Miller parried off the bar, Samie Scaffidi thought she had tied it up until the Lehigh back line cleared it off the line.
The team won their first game of the weekend on Friday night also by a score of 2-1 against Loyola, but it was far from routine.
After Julianna Cabrera’s shot got past Jordan Kamp, St. John’s found themselves down at halftime against a team who heading into the game had a record of 2-4-0, despite leading the shot tally nine to four.
Just six minutes after the break, Scaffidi roofed a shot into the top corner to tie the game up at one.
Mikhalia Martinov then found space in the box to tap in a loose ball of Mariela Jacome’s here, giving them the 2-1 lead.
Jordan Kamp’s best moment in the game came with just three minutes left in regulation, saving Cabrera’s free kick, thus securing victory for St. John’s.
On Saturday night, the men were in action against Temple. The Johnnies found themselves in a goalless draw at the intermission after a lackluster first half plagued by turnovers in the midfield.
The Johnnies looked a complete different team in the second half, led by freshmen Jack Shearer and Leo Donnellan. Shearer gave the team a true number nine presence up top, being able to hold possession up and let the outfield midfielders make play off of him.
Alistar Johnston converted a penalty in the 70th minute, while the two Englishmen Matt Forster and Donnellan connected with Forster who brilliantly nestled the ball into the bottom corner.
In addition to the win, Andrew Withers was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday. In over 200 minutes of action, Withers and his defense held their opponents scoreless.
The St. John’s women’s team (4-2-1) is next in action September 14 at Boston College. The men’s team (2-2-1) will close out the seasons longest homestand tomorrow, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara. That game can be streamed on ESPN3.