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St. John’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer go .500 last week

Both squads seek to build momentum before non-conference play ends.

Brenden Willsch

Men’s Soccer

St. John’s 0 | Marist 1

The men’s soccer squad began their second week with a well-matched game against the Marist Red Foxes. The match was even in most respects with the Johnnies holding a 17-16 advantage in shots and 14-12 advantage in fouls against.

The Red Foxes drastically defeated the Johnnies in shots on goal, by a count of 8-1 but the lone goal of the game was in the 7th minute on a penalty kick conceded by D Lucas Bartlett.

The rest of the match went on with the excitement of 30 shots combined but the temperament of a goalless match. G Luka Gavran got all 90 minutes of action in net and returned six saves in his time.

The loss dropped the Johnnies to 10-6-3 all-time against the Foxes.

St. John’s 1 | Fordham 0

Brenden Willsch

The Johnnies flipped the script on their match earlier in the week as they hosted the Rams of Fordham.

Like the Foxes of days prior, the Johnnies opened the match with an early goal, this one in the 11th minute. Sophomore M Andrew Bennett turned in the first goal of his Red Storm career assisted by M Brandon Knapp and D Lucas Bartlett. Bennett tallied four of the nine shots by St. John’s and all three shots on goal for the squad.

The Johnnies were able to pull off a win in spite of losing the shots, shots on goal, and fouls against battles 12-9, 5-3, and 19-14 respectively thanks to the heroics of Luka Gavran who kept yet another gem as goalie. Gavran turned away all four shots that came his direction en route to his second solo clean sheet of the year.

The men’s soccer squad looks to follow up their .500 week as they host Boston University on this evening and Columbia on Monday.

Women’s Soccer

St. John’s 4 | Lehigh 0

The ladies extended their unbeaten streak this season into another week with a powerful win over Lehigh at home. While the score line depicts a dominant outing for the team, the match was fairly even through the first third of play.

Senior M Michelle Money lived up to her name and put a shot on the money in the 38th minute to give the Johnnies a lead for good. Money’s goal, assisted by forwards Isabelle Aviza and Kayla Mesaros, came on the Johnnies only shot on goal in the first half.

Money and Jessica Garziano assisted on a goal from D Brooke Boyd in the 51st minute to double the St. John’s lead from a free kick that bounced around inside the penalty box.

Maia Cabrera and Ava Collins, senior and sophomore M respectively, each scored and assisted on the other’s goal late in the game with Cabrera scoring first in the 87th minute and Collins in the 90th.

The Johnnies held a 13-6 advantage in shots over the course of the game and doubled the three shots on goal by Lehigh. G Naya Lipkens played the entire game in goal for the Johnnies and turned away three shots en route to another solo clean sheet for her this season.

Brenden Willsch

St. John’s 2 | Harvard 3

The Johnnies followed up a dominant win against Lehigh with a trip up to Cambridge four days later to take on Harvard. The Crimson held a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series between the teams having won a match in 2017, four years ago to the week, by a score of 1-0.

The Crimson continued their all-time shutout against the Johnnies with a shutout in the first half, allowing them to go up 2-0 from a 5th minute goal off a cross and 29th minute goal that hit the crossbar on its way in.

The Johnnies rebounded in the 2nd half with two goals of their own in very short order. M Isabelle Aviza took the lead in the 62nd minute off a ball from team scoring leader F Zsani Kajan. Senior D Brooke Boyd netted the 2nd goal of her St. John’s career just a week after the first with a header off of a M Jessica Garziano corner kick and subsequent F Nicole Gordon header.

The Johnnies were outshot by a 15-9 margin in the first half including a 10-5 loss in the shots on goal column. The Crimson continued their offensive dominance by recording all three shots of the overtime period with the golden goal in the 98th minute.

G Naya Lipkens played all 98 minutes of the match in goal and saved eight shots in that time.

The Johnnies seek to gain momentum in the final full week of non-conference play when they travel to the University of Delaware on Thursday and host Central Connecticut State on Sunday.