QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s University women dropped their first home contest of the season, falling to the University of Connecticut, 1-0, in Big East action at Belson Stadium Sunday.
Senior Sophia Danyko-Kulchycky tallied the lone goal off an assist from classmate Melina Couzis in the 73rd minute.
Graduate student goalkepeer Jordan Kamp logged two saves between the pipes for the Red Storm (5-4-1, 2-4-1) against the Huskies (7-2-1, 5-2-1).
The Huskies controlled possession in the early going, holding the Johnnies without a shot for the openig 15 minutes. St. John’s began to swing the momentum in its favor over the remainder of the half.
Ava Collins recorded the Red Storm’s first chance on target in the 16th minute from just inside the box, but keeper Randi Palacios made the save. Less than four minutes later, Michelle Money took the Johnnies’ second chance, rocketing a shot to the right corner, but Palacios made a diving stop. The Red Storm had its final chance on goal in the 30th minute off the foot of Zsani Kajan. Her attempt was turned aside by Palacios.
UConn fired off four early shots to open the second stanza before snapping the scoreless drought in the 73rd minute. The sequence began off a 35-yard free kick from Couzis. The Baldwin Place, N.Y. native found teammate Danyko-Kulchycky, who headed it home.
The Johnnies registered one last look on goal in the 88th minute, as Jessica Garziano saw her attempt at the equalizer denied.
St. John’s hosts No. 12 Georgetown Saturday at 2 p.m.