Johnnies Come Up Short In Tampa

The St. John’s women’s soccer team was defeated by USF 2-0 at Corbett Soccer Stadium in Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Red Storm (6-9-1, 2-6-1) to seventh place in the Big East American Division, leaving them with little chance of being one of the six teams from the division to make the Big East Tournament. They sit 13 points behind USF, who are currently in second.

The Red Storm were more competitive against the Bulls than they were at Marquette on Friday, where they lost 3-0, but once again failed to deliver a goal.

USF’s (12-4-2, 6-4-2) offense got off to a quick start as they attempted a header that sailed wide. The Johnnies’ defense in the first half prevented the Bulls from getting another shot off until the 23rd minute.

The Red Storm had one shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, which was from senior Runa Steffansdottir in the 27th minute. St. John’s was only able to get one more shot in the first half, which sailed wide.

The Bulls found their offensive rhythm once again in the second half. They had four shots in the first ten minutes of the half and multiple corner kick opportunities, but the Red Storm defense prevented them from conjuring up any legitimate oppurtnities.

USF finally broke through in the 71st minute of the game when Demi Stokes scored her first goal of the season after she shot past Ellen Conway.

The goal was assisted by Cara Patterson and Sarah Miller.

The Bulls scored again ten minutes later when Ana Paola Lopez sent a shot past Conway, all but ending any chance for the Johnnies to collect any points form the match; the goal was assisted by Daniella Andrade and Cara Patterson.

The Red Storm will take to the field again when they face off against Syracuse on Saturday at SU Soccer Stadium.

The Big East clash will mark the Johnnies’ last game of the season.