QUEENS, N.Y. – After splitting decisions against the University of Buffalo and Syracuse University last week, the St. John’s University women return to Belson Stadium to host Sacred Heart University Monday at 7 p.m.
This will mark the third all-time meeting between St. John’s and Sacred Heart, with the Red Storm holding a 2-0 advantage. The last game between the two schools came in 2007, when Nicole Pasciolla scored in the 99th minute to lift St. John’s to a 2-1 extratime victory at Campus Field.
The Red Storm enters the match on the heels of a 1-1 week, beating Buffalo, 3-1, on Monday night before falling to former Big East foe Syracuse, 1-0, on Thursday. The Johnnies’ three goals against the Bulls were the most by the Red Storm in a home opener since 2014, when they blanked St. Francis, 3-0, at Belson.
Sacred Heart is coming off of a 0-2 week, falling to Iona College, 3-2, in its season opener before dropping a 2-0 decision to Temple Friday. The Pioneers’ two goals of the season came in the second half of their season opener against the Gaels, when Emily Rosso and Caitlyn Buckley each found the back of the net.
The Pioneers were picked to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference women’s soccer poll after capping off the 2017 season with a 7-11 record. The team returns a veteran heavy squad that includes All-NEC second team selection Melanie DaSilva as well as Alex Mesropyan and Kim McNally. The Pioneers also welcome 13 new faces to the squad for the 2018 campaign.
The match will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app, the first of four St. John’s matches this season to be carried on the platform. Jonathan Yardley will handle the play-by-play duties, while Glenn Crooks will provide color commentary.