St. John’s women’s soccer team kicked off its spring season in impressive fashion against Sky Blue FC, hold the NWSL side to only one goal in a 1-0 loss in front of a crowd of several hundred fans in Scotch Plains, N.J.
Sky Blue’s lone goal came from a penalty kick in the 37th minute.
“This performance showed the results of the hard work that the girls and coaching staff have put in daily,” said Ian Stone, St. John’s head coach. “We really came together as a team against top-class opposition.”
The star of the day for St. John’s was two-time reigning Big East Goalkeeper of the Year Diana Poulin. This coming fall, Poulin will be chasing school history, as she currently ranks second on St. John’s career lists for wins and shutouts. The Hauppauge, N.Y., native is just one win away from tying Kristin Russell (2008-11; 32) for first all-time in that category.
In addition to her standout individual performance, Poulin was aided by the efforts of her back four, which did a tremendous job of limiting the Sky Blue attack. Alexa Dolgos, Jesse Schaefer, Anna Maria Baldursdottir and Alexis Urbanski started the match, while Mikhaila Martinov came off the bench to contribute.
After Sarah Killion broke a scoreless deadlock with her penalty kick goal in the 37th minute, the Red Storm continued to fight against the team of seasoned professionals, registering a number of solid scoring chances in the latter half that did not come to fruition.
The Sky Blue roster features a slew of names that soccer fans would easily recognize, including, but not limited to: reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner Raquel Rodriguez and U.S. National Team standouts Christie Rampone and Kelley O’Hara.