Diana Poulin’s record-setting night took longer than expected, but the St. John’s University senior keeper earned her 33rd career victory as the Red Storm defeated Central Connecticut State 1-0 in overtime.
Alexis Urbanski’s goal in the 96th minute propelled St. John’s to victory, and made Poulin the school’s all-time leader in wins by a goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, surpassing Kristin Russell.
“It’s very exciting,” Poulin said about the milestone. “To get an honor like that, I never really expected to come to St. John’s and break any school records and I’ve heard great things about Kristin Russell, so it was a really good feeling especially to start off a season that way.”
St. John’s head coach Ian Stone feels Poulin’s record is befitting the Hauppauge, N.Y., native, whom he called the best goalkeeper in program history.
“She just has such a presence about her,” he said. “It’s not just the huge saves, but it’s also the communication, the ability to play with her feet, and that spreads through the whole team.”
While the margin of victory was narrow, the Red Storm controlled the pace of play for a majority of the night, registering 20 shots to Central Connecticut’s eight and seven corner kicks to the Blue Devil’s five.
The Red Storm’s lone goal came on a play that started when Morgan Tinari sent a ball across the box from the right side that found Mariela Jacome. The junior did not get a clean look at the net off her initial touch and instead of forcing a shot, played it back to Urbanski near the top left of the box. The graduate student fired a shot to the far post that evaded the diving hand of goalkeeper Nicki Turley and found the back of the net to give the Johnnies the win.