Bellero’s Brace Leads St. John’s WSOC Past Delaware

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Samie Scaffidi (21) celebrates with Christina Bellero.

A brace by Melville’s Christina Bellero and Zsani Kajan’s seventh goal of the season led St. John’s past Delaware 3-2 in women’s soccer action Friday night at Belson Stadium.

The win was the fourth on the season for St. John’s and kept the team undefeated at home in 2018.

The Red Storm took an early lead as a pass from Samie Scaffidi evaded a Blue Hens defender and found a wide open Bellero who finished into the bottom left corner.

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Delaware would draw level in the 31st minute on a goal by Riley Dixon and the teams would go to halftime with the scored tied at 1.

Three minutes into the second half, St. John’s would regain the lead. A pass from Lucy Whipp would find Kajan in the box. She would then place a through ball to a streaking Bellero who quickly redirected a shot in the right side of the goal.

The Blue Hens would respond as Damali Simon-Ponte’s goal in the 61st minute would bring the visitors level at two.

But enter Kajan.

As she has done throughout the season, the native of Budapest, Hungary, again provided a much-needed goal as her tally in the 73rd minute put the Red Storm ahead for good. On the play, Scaffidi played a through ball for Kajan who finished in the right corner of the net for the game-winner.

Bellero, whose five shots in the game were all on goal, now has three goals on the season. Kajan’s goal gives her seven for the 2018 campaign and Scaffidi’s two assists on the night gives her four for the season. Red Storm keeper Meredith Reinhardt made four saves to earn the win.

Prior to Friday night’s matchup the St. John’s women’s soccer program held a pregame ceremony on the field to recognize head coach Ian Stone who is in his 25th season at the helm of the Red Storm women’s soccer program. In addition, nearly 40 St. John’s women’s soccer alumni who played under for Stone were recognized during the intermission.

The St. John’s women’s soccer team will return to the pitch on Sept. 23 when the Johnnies open up Big East play at Belson Stadium against reigning conference champions Georgetown at 1 p.m.