Pirates shutout 1-0 by St. John's in Queens, NYDate: October 4, 2019
By: Justin Morris
Seton Hall women’s soccer dropped a road game in Queens, New York, to St. John’s, 1-0, on Thursday evening.
The conference stint of the schedule for Seton Hall women’s soccer is off to the same start as the rest of the season: a tough one. Owen T. Carroll’s completion for availability for the Pirates has yielded nothing in terms of wins for the squad. They had been without a home field since the beginning of the 2019 campaign, and many attributed their poor play to a lack of a welcoming environment as they fared 1-2 at the Red Bulls training facility in Whippany, New Jersey, their “home” site in place of Owen T.
The lone win came against Lafayette in the Pirates’ second game of the year after they dropped an overtime thriller in their first, and initial impressions of the team showed a hopeful promise based on their competitive play in the season’s outset.
After their next matchup against Monmouth was cancelled though, the Pirates were unable to shake off any rust from the break, going on to drop what would have been four consecutive games if not for a 0-0 tie right in between. The losses put their overall non-conference record at 1-5-1, in turn calling for a desperate turnaround in play as their conference schedule dawned upon them.
One bright spot though, their home field would be available and ready for play just in time for the conference opener against Butler. That bright spot would quickly turn dark though, with the bulldogs biting their way to an easy, and dominant 3-0 win. Their next opponent would be St. John’s, which provided a much better matchup on paper for the Hall. The Red Storm came into the game at 3-7 compared to Butler’s winning record of 5-4.
Offense for the Hall has been their main Achilles' heel all year though, and once again, they were unable to jumpstart any momentum in this game. The Red Storm were able to capture early fuel with several shots on goal in the first half. The Hall fought back vigorously, but the first period was won by the Johnnies when Maia Cabrera netted a blistering goal that careened off the back of the net in the 41st minute. That score would turn out to be the last of the game.
The Pirates had a few opportunities to knot it up in the second period, including a high sailor off the foot of Laura Hooper on a free kick attempt in the 74th. They would be shutout once again though, with St. John’s claiming their fourth victory of the year. They had 14 total shots (six on goal) compared to the Hall’s nine (four on goal).
The Hall will continue their conference play with a trip to Cincinnati to face Xavier on October 6.
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