St. John’s soccer drops contest to Lehigh on late goal

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St. John’s soccer falls on a late goal by Lehigh. 

On Sunday afternoon in Pennslyvania, the St. John’s soccer team lost on a last-minute goal by Lehigh for their second loss of the season.

It was a tight back-and-forth contest between the Red Storm and the Mountainhawks with both goalies having to come up with some big saves throughout the game.

St. John’s Gina Muzi and Lehigh’s Maggie Ousouljoglou combined for nine saves in the game.

Lehigh led the way in shots with nine to St. John’s seven.

The first half saw St. John’s lead four to two on shots, controlling a good portion of the game.

In the second half, it was the home side that had the majority of the opportunities with seven shots. All five of Muzi’s saves came in the second half.

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Both teams had its opportunities, but it was Lehigh that would take the win off an 89th-minute corner kick that was steered home by defender Erin Keefe.

This season has seen St. John’s have some shaky set piece defense, even if a goal did not come from it for their respective opponents.

Sunday, it cost the Red Storm.

The loss comes off back-to-back wins against Navy and Central Connecticut, but St. John’s has still not won a game on the road this season.

St. John’s will have to improve as conference play looms in order to to have a successful season and build off of its stellar campaign a year ago when the Red Storm made a Big East Tournament Championship Game, as well as advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

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Sunday’s loss to Lehigh takes St. John’s to a 3-2-2 record on the season with one game left before hitting Big East play.

The Red Storm will continue its road trip next Saturday to face Cornell (1-4-1) at 1:00pm in Ithaca, New York before kicking off conference play in Washington D.C. against Georgetown.

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This will be the third all-time meeting between St. John’s and Cornell, but the first one outside of Belson Stadium.

The Johnnies have won both of the previous meetings, a 4-0 win in 2007 and a 2-0 victory in 2019.

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