Christian Bellero scored her sixth goal of the season for St. John’s. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
QUEENS, N.Y. — The St. John’s University women recorded a 1-0 Big East victory over Seton Hall University at Belson Stadium Saturday night.
St. John’s (6-8-1, 2-4-0) dominated the scoresheet, outshooting the Pirates (0-9-5, 0-3-3), 18-5, and controlled the pace of play throughout most of the match.
Junior Christina Bellero added to her team-leading point total with her sixth goal of the season in the 68th minute after passes from midfielders Allie Moar and Lucy Whipp.
Bellero, who entered her third year of collegiate soccer with seven goals to her name, continues to rank among Big East leaders in points and goals.
“[Bellero] has always, since I’ve known her, been a great goal scorer,” head coach Ian Stone said. “She’s always been great in front of goal and she has the instinct to be in the right place at the right time and the composure to be able to finish, which is rare. She’s very, very consistent at scoring goals and she’s having a great season in that regard.”
St. John’s put forth a solid defensive effort to record the team’s fourth clean sheet of the season. Redshirt freshman keeper Jordan Kamp made one save and managed the back line well. The Red Storm has held its opponents to one goal or less in 12 of the squad’s 15 matches.
In the 68th minute, everything clicked for St. John’s. Moar launched a through ball from the midfield to the near side of the box to Whipp. Whipp sent a low cross into the penalty area that was out of the reach of Dramis but was perfectly placed for Bellero, who made a run to the far post. The Melville, N.Y. native sent a one-touch shot into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
The Red Storm travels to Villanova, Pa., to take on the Wildcats Wednesday at 4 p.m.