Solid defense but a failure to capitalize on offensive chances—the song remained the same Sunday in the women’s soccer team’s loss to Marquette.
Marquette entered the game 10-0 in Big East play (14-3-2 overall), and though the Red Storm gave a gritty effort, the Golden Eagles won 2-0 and left the field still perfect in conference play. The loss brought the St. John’s season record to 6-10-2 overall and 3-7-1 in the Big East.
St. John’s kept the Golden Eagles off the board until early in the second half, when Rachel Sloan knocked one in from seven yards out in the 47th minute. For Sloan it was her sixth goal of the season. Lindsey Page added an insurance goal to push the score to 2-0 in the 68th minute.
St. John’s junior goalkeeper Kristin Russell kept Marquette off the board in the first with four saves.
Marquette had 20 shots on the day, but allowed just seven on target, a strong statement of the effort given by a back line led by Michelle Iannacchino, Kristina Quan and Megan Klement.
After the game, St. John’s head coach Ian Stone was proud of his young team for the efforts they produced all
“It was a season where our young team gained some valuable experience,” head coach Ian Stone said. “We played hard right until the end of the season, after playing through a competitive non-conference schedule then on to Big East play where anything can happen. We had so many young players playing in our lineup, filling empty spots. We learned a lot of lessons during the season, which will carry over to next year. Especially, with a young energized team who have had a year of experience under their belt.”