Following in the footsteps of a legendary player is never easy, but Antonia Tammaro is off to a good start for St. John’s Women’s Soccer Team.
In her first match for the Red Storm, the freshman goalkeeper and native of Lynfield, Mass., earned her first collegiate win and first clean sheet as St. John’s topped Fairfield 2-0. Tammaro made four saves, including a big stop in the waning minutes of the game.
“This was a very solid performance on the road,” said Ian Stone, the team’s head coach. “It was particularly satisfying to get a shutout as we have been working hard on our whole team’s defensive game.”
In St. John’s first two matches of the season, freshman Jordan Kamp was the starter. Kamp, Tammaro and Cailey Sullivan are three freshman goalkeepers on the roster that are looking to replace Hauppauge native Diana Poulin, who graduated St. John’s this year as the top women’s goalkeeper in school history.
According to the St. John’s game report, Fairfield started the game looking to pressure Tammaro, earning a corner kick in the first minute. In the second minute, she turned aside a Sara Plowman shot for her first career save. Fairfield would wind up with three corners and two shots in the game’s first four minutes.
Fairfield outshot St. John’s, 7-5, over the first 45 minutes of play and Tammaro made three saves in the opening half.
In the second half, the Stags sent shots wide in the 77th, 78th and 79th minutes. With time winding down, Tammaro made one of her best saves of the night, punching a shot off the crossbar in the 86th minute to secure her first career win and shutout.