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Women’s Soccer Bested By Stony Brook

Womens Soccer Bested By Stony Brook

Call it a teachable moment.

After the women’s soccer team on Sunday was blown out by Stony Brook, 3-0, at home at Belson Stadium, head coach Ian Stone put his team through the ringer at practice Tuesday – putting his team outfield plaayers through sprints throughout the session.

The message? The young Red Storm have to defend their turf better.

“The issue, really, was I didn’t think we put out enough effort on Sunday,” Stone said. “We weren’t physical enough. We didn’t work hard enough to protect our house in Belson Stadium, so that was a little bit of an issue for me, and it’s not really acceptable, so that’s the message we tried to get across to the girls today.”

The loss drops the Johnnies to 2-2 on the season, and erases the positive momentum after their dramatic, 2-1 overtime win over Air Force on Friday.

St. John’s fell behind in the 35th minute to a goal from the top of the box by Stony Brook defender Caitlin Pfeiffer. The Seawolves made it 2-0 just before the stroke of halftime after freshman keeper Ellen Conway, filling in for injured starter Lauryn Ferris, misplayed a ball that bounced past her, leaving Stony Brook substitute Priscilla Wiggins with an open net that she did not miss.

Things only got worse for the Red Storm in the second half, when redshirt senior defender Megan Klement was send off with a straight red for denying a goalscoring opportunity. To add insult to injury, Stony Brook’s Kristen Baker blasted the ensuing free kick into the back of the net to make the score 3-0.

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Michael E. Cunniff, Editor-in-Chief
I'm Mike Cunniff, a junior journalism major and the sports editor here at the Torch. When I was a little kid, I decided I wanted to be a sports announcer when I grew up. I used to turn down the volume while my beloved Patriots played and do my best Greg Gumbel impression as Drew Bledsoe fired pass after pass into the waiting arms of opposing cornerbacks. That was my dream until I was about 14, when I realized that I had neither the dapper looks or silky baritone voice to warrant plastering my face all over television (and billboards, and magazine covers. Dare to dream, right?). I realized, when I wasn't plagiarizing Sparknotes when writing English essays (kidding, mostly) that I actually enjoyed writing, and decided that writing about sports suited me better than talking about them. My favorite sports to watch/cover are basketball and soccer. I actually used to be a halfway decent shooting guard back in the day, before I did my knee in the offseason before senior year. I still love all four Boston teams (the Revs don't count), as well as Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League (I talk about them too much). I'm probably better than you at FIFA 12. Outside of sports and journalism, I like The Office, Bagels 'N' Cream, road trips and karaoke. __________ I like to joke with Mike that he’d react the same way to the Zombie apocalypse as he would in covering a major news break on campus — which is to say he wouldn’t really react in any particular way at all. Nothing seems to phase him. Anything — ANYTHING — could happen on campus, and I am confident that Mike would lead the Torch in the best possible reportage for that story. He has already demonstrated that ability in his superb coverage of the Sports section, and I know that ability would translate in a much larger role next year. -Bill San Antonio Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus
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