The St. John’s women’s soccer team fell 4-2 to the University of South Florida in Tampa on Sunday afternoon. The four Bulls’ goals were the most the Red Storm has allowed in a game all season.
It was the team’s third straight loss, dropping its record below .500 in the Big East (3-4-0) for the first time this season with only four conference matches left.The Red Storm lost despite out-shooting USF by a margin of 12-8 and leading the Bulls in corner kick opportunities four to one.
Junior goalkeeper Rebecca Capinera started the game for the Storm and gave up all four goals to USF before she could record a single save.
She was replaced in the 57th minute by senior Jaime Beran.
The Bulls got out to a lead early. In only the 3rd minute of play midfielder Lindsay Brauer took a lead pass from forward Autumn Browning into the box and scored her fourth goal of the season from ten yards out.
Later in the half, Brauer and Browning reversed roles as Brauer assisted on Browning’s third goal of the year to put the Bulls up by two in the 31st minute. Browning would finish with a goal and two assists. Senior midfielder Erin Bohn recorded an assist on both of the Red Storm’s goals.
The first goal came off the foot of freshman forward Maria DeMatteo in the final minute of the first half.
DeMatteo was able to draw Bulls goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi off her line and beat her from 15 yards out to give the Storm some hope going into halftime.
The Bulls answered quickly in the second half as Nina Jokuschies and Alyshia Currey both notched their first goals of the season in the 52nd and 55th minute, respectively.
Beran replaced Capinera in net just two minutes after Currey made it 4-1.
The best the Red Storm could do in the way of a comeback was freshmen Alicia Barnaby’s first career goal in the 76th minute. However, the next 14 minutes, which passed scoreless, proved it too little, too late.