Christina Bellero tallied in the 64th minute to give St. John’s a 2-0 advantage. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Behind goals from senior Shea Connors and junior Christina Bellero and a solid effort by freshman gaolkeeper Antonia Tammaro, the St. John’s University women earned their second consecutive win, defeating Fairfield, 2-0, on Lessing Field Sunday night.
With her 64th-minute goal, Bellero became the first St. John’s player to score a goal in each of the first three games of the season since at least 2008, the first year for which game-by-game records are readily available.
In her first collegiate start, Tammaro made four saves for the Johnnies (2-0-1) while the Stags fell to 1-2-0.
“This was a very solid performance on the road,” head coach Ian Stone said. “It was particularly satisfying to get a shutout as we have been working hard on our whole team’s defensive game.”
After the two sides traded shots midway through the opening half, Tammaro made a stop in the 41st minute that started a counter attack. Connors, a preseason All-Big East selection, got behind the defense and sent a shot off the keeper. The senior, playing in her home state of Connecticut, stayed with the play, sending in the rebound for her first goal of the season.
In the 64th minute, Bellero used her speed and skill to create space for the goal. She received a pass from the midfield on the left side, beat her defender and ripped a low shot that found the back of the net, giving for a 2-0 lead.
With time winding down, Tammaro made one of her best saves of the night, punching a shot off the crossbar in the 86th minute.
The Red Storm next plays at the CCSU Tournament in New Britain, Conn. The Johnnies will take on UConn at 4:30 p.m. before squaring off with Harvard Sunday at 3:30 p.m.