QUEENS, N.Y. – On the heels of its second successive Big East win, the St. John’s women welcomes Xavier University to Belson Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.for the Red Storm’s final regular-season home game of the 2017 season.
St. John’s enters play with an overall record of 7-8-1 and a 3-4-0 mark in the league. With just two regular season games remaining, the Johnnies are tied for fifth in the conference standings with Marquette. The top six teams in the league qualify for the conference tournament with the top two seeds earning a bye to the semifinals.
In its last outing against Villanova, St. John’s used a pair of second half goals and a solid defensive effort late in the match to close out a much-needed 2-1 win. Entering the contest, the Red Storm was tied with Villanova and DePaul for the final spot in the conference tournament.
Junior Christina Bellero and redshirt freshman Zsani Kajan scored for the Red Storm as Bellero found the back of the net for the seventh time this year, while Kajan scored her first since registering a goal in the season opener at La Salle. Junior Lucy Whipp, who entered the season with just five assists in 40 career games, assisted on both goals to bring her 2017 assist total to five. Whipp’s five assists rank second in the conference.
Redshirt freshman Jordan Kamp made five saves to earn her sixth win. The Allentown, Pa., native, who played in front of some family and friends who made the trip to Villanova, lowered her goals against average to 1.04 in 12 games this season.
Xavier has overall record of 8-5-4 and a 4-1-2 mark in conference play. The Musketeers most recently beat Seton Hall, 2-1, Thursday to clinch a spot in the 2017 Big East tournament. Xavier is third with 14 points in league play behind Georgetown (16 points) and Butler (15).
Sydney Schembri leads the Xavier offense with six goals on the year. Toni Bizzaro, who has been the primary goalkeeper for the Musketeers this season, owns a 1.00 goals-against average and a .840 save percentage.
Sunday will be the fifth meeting all-time between St. John’s and Xavier since the Musketeers joined the BIG EAST in 2013. St. John’s has won each of the previous four contests between the two sides, outscoring Xavier, 8-1, all-time.
Senior Shea Connors leads all St. John’s players with five career points against Xavier. The New Haven, Conn., native scored a goal and assisted on Samie Scaffidi’s tally in last season’s win and added a goal back in 2014. Whipp also scored against the Musketeers last season, while Allie Moar found the back of the net to cap a 2-0 win in 2014.
The St. John’s women concludes the regular season when they travel to Chicago to take on DePaul Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.