Overview:

The St. John’s University women overcame a two-goal deficit, but then allowed two more scores as they dropped a 4-2 decision to Lehigh University at Belson Stadium on Saturday night.

QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s University women overcame a two-goal deficit, but then allowed two more scores as they dropped a 4-2 decision to Lehigh University at Belson Stadium on Saturday night.

It was the first of the season for the Red Storm (4-1-1).

Molly McGlame scored her first collegiate goal early in the second half and Jessica Garziano converted a penalty kick to knot the score, 2-2.

Garziano leads the team in goals (three) and points (10).

Lauryn Tran and Emily Riggins recorded assists on McGlame’s goal 33 seconds into the second half. Tran is tied with Garziano for the team and Big East lead with four assists.

The Johnnies recorded season high’s in shots (18) and corner kicks (11).

Lehigh (3-1-3) got on the board first as Ava Schaller tucked home a rebound after goalkeeper Megan Sical saved the initial strike from Faith Dobosiewicz in the 15th minute. Sical finished with three saves in her first collegiate start.

St. John’s quickly went on the offensive as Jailene DeJesus and Garziano had a nice combination play outside the 18-yard box that led DeJesus’ to the former on a 1 v 1 with the keeper, but the junior’s attempt went just wide.

In the 33rd minute, Hope Flanegin launched a long-distance shot that sailed into the top of the net to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage.

In the second half, the Red Storm wasted no time turning the momentum in its favor. Riggins sent a ball down the left sideline to the feet of Tran. The winger carved her way into the box and crossed a bouncing pass that McGlame steered into the bottom left corner of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Only 8:24 later, Jordyn Levy was taken down in the box on a breakaway chance and drew a penalty kick. Garziano finished a hard-hit grounder into the bottom right corner to equalize at 2-2.

The Red Storm remained on the offensive. Garziano touched a one-time to a streaking Levy for a 1 v 1 with the goalie. The junior’s shot was saved by Maggie Ousoujigolou in the 65th minute.

Just over 10 minutes later, Patriot League preseason defensive player of the Yuuar Ryelle Shuey got on the end of a corner from Dobosiewicz to put the Mountain Hawks back in front, 3-2.

The same duo hooked up again in the 87th minute as Shuey headed a bouncing corner from Dobosiewicz into the twine to push the Lehigh advantage to 4-2.

The Red Storm will be back in action at Belson Stadium on Thursday att 7 p.m. when it hosts Yale.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.