Late goal from Leaverton lifts Red Storm past Blackbirds

Slippery conditions couldn’t keep the Red Storm from attaining their second home victory of the season, as the Johnnies beat Long Island University, 1-0, Friday evening.

The Johnnies controlled the tempo for much of the first half, contributing eight total shots in the period. They managed to keep Long Island’s goalkeeper Jennifer Bannon busy throughout the half, but could not find a seam in the net.

Aggressive shots by seniors Sarah Mcgrath and Amanda Pasciolla and another from freshman Patrice Casmir kept the blackbirds defense on their toes for the entire first 45 minute period.

Both sides would pick up the pace in the second as a total of nine shots came from both teams. Six of them belonged to the blackbirds who could not get one past the Johnnies goalkeeper, Kristin Russell.

With the game nearing the end, senior Courtney Lane found sophomore Jen Leaverton who headed the ball through the net for the Red Storm’s only goal of the night, and game winner. Leaverton’s goal came in the 83rd minute of play and was her third career game-winner.

“I’ve been waiting for this,” said Leaverton. “It felt really good to score.”

The Storm’s Kristin Russell would finish the night with three saves in the net and her second shutout of the season.

The Johnnies handed the Blackbirds their first loss of the season, and now share a 4-1 record with their Long Island counterparts.

The Storm bounced back smoothly after a disheartening loss to Princeton last Sunday.

They face Indiana at Belson Stadium this sunday, as they look to improve upon their undefeated home record.