With the win, the Red Storm improved to 14-2-1 on the year, tying the program record for the most wins in a single season. The 1994 side also tallied 14 victories en route to St. John’s first-ever Big East Championship.
“I think we started really well, scored two very well executed goals and then I think the story of the rest of the game was that Villanova played with a lot of pride, played for their six seniors,” said head coach Ian Stone.
Rachel Daly and Emily Cubbage recorded the goals for St. John’s in the victory. Daly’s goal marked her 18th of the season, a total that is good enough for first in the Big East and second in the NCAA.
The tally was also the 49th of her career, putting her just one goal away from becoming only the second player in the history of St. John’s soccer, men’s or women’s, to record 50 goals.
Huey Ferguson, a two-time All-American, scored 50 for the St. John’s men’s side from 1991-1994. Daly is looking to accomplish the feat in just three years of competition.
Cubbage netted her third goal of the season against the Wildcats (1-16, 0-8 Big East), increasing her season-long point total to eight and tying her career-high for goals in a campaign.
Georgia Kearney-Perry and Anna Maria Baldursdottir picked up assists for the Red Storm. Kearney-Perry’s helper on Daly’s goal in the third minute marked the first career assist for the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
Baldursdottir appeared in that column of the score sheet for the second time this season, setting up Cubbage’s goal in the 13th minute.
Diana Poulin improved to 7-2-1 on the season with the win, the 30th victory of her already St. John’s career. That total puts her in a tie for second place with Tina Fogg on the Red Storm’s career wins list and the Hauppauge native is just two victories away from tying Kristin Russell for first all-time in that category.
By the time the final horn sounded, the Red Storm had registered a 24-5 advantage in shots and a 10-2 differential in attempts on target.
St. John’s closes out the regular season on Friday night, traveling to Providence for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Friars.