QUEENS, N.Y. – Playing at home for the final time during the regular season, St. John’s University escaped with a 1-0 win after Xavier University scored an own goal in the 108th minute at Belson Stadium Sunday afternoon.
WThe Red Storm has won three consecutive games to bring its overall record to 8-8-1 with a 4-4-0 mark in Big East games with just one regular season game remaining.
Late in the second overtime period, freshman Maia Cabrera sent a long ball for junior Christina Bellero. Instead, the ball found the foot of a Xavier defender, who attempted to clear it wide of the goal but sent it inside the near post for an own goal.
“Xavier is a very good team,” head coach Ian Stone said. “It’s no coincidence they have the record they have so far this season. I thought, in the first half, they took it to us a little so we had to change some things up at halftime. Then it was just a matter of fighting, digging deep on our home field on Senior Day to get the result. We had some pretty good chances and didn’t capitalize on them but we just kept pushing forward and believing and eventually found a way.”
St. John’s wraps up the regular season when it travels to Chicago to take on DePaul University Wednesday at 5 p.m.