Two Johnnies scored their first collegiate goals on Sunday, as sophomores Anna Maria Baldursdottir and Samie Scaffidi found the back of the net for the first time.
Classmate Christina Bellero, the team’s second-leading scorer last season, added another goal for the Red Storm (2-0-0).
Diana Poulin, the Red Storm’s all-time wins leader, notched the 34th victory of her St. John’s career and her second-consecutive shutout, needing only one save to register the clean sheet.
“Albany is a very good team and I give them a lot of credit,” said Coach Ian Stone. “They played hard and you can see why they were conference champions last year.
“We created a lot of chances in the first few games, but didn’t always capitalize on them, whereas tonight we finished really well and created even more chances,” he added.
The Red Storm started the scoring in the 24th minute off an Alexis Urbanski corner kick. Urbanski, who registered the game winner on Friday in overtime, sent a ball into the box toward Baldursdottir who, standing on the six-yard line, made a nifty play to deflect the ball with the back of her foot and send it past the keeper.
The Red Storm wasted no time getting on the score sheet in the second half, as Scaffidi found the back of the net in the 47th minute. Just over 30 minutes later, Bellero sealed the contest with her first goal of the season.nes.
For the game, the Red Storm outshot Albany, 17-3, and earned six corners to the Great Danes’ four.
St. John’s will next be in action on Friday, traveling to Towson to take on the Tigers at 4 p.m.
After leading the Red Storm to a flawless opening weekend with a pair of back-to-back shutout wins, Urbanski took home Big Esat Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Urbanski earns her first career weekly honor following a stellar weekend that saw her register a goal and an assist for the Red Storm.
In addition to her offensive prowess, she did her fair share to keep opponents scoreless, playing 77 minutes against the Blue Devils and 80 minutes against Albany in a pair of back-to-back shutouts.
Men ready for 2016
The St. John’s Men’s Soccer team wrapped up an undefeated exhibition slate against Northwestern on Friday night, as Harry Cooksley scored in the 46th minute to help the Red Storm earn a 1-1 draw with the Wildcats at G. Larry James Stadium.
“It was a intense game over two 45-minute halves that led to a 1-1 result,” said Coach Dave Masur. “I thought we held the ball for a good portion of the game, we were on the attack, but we have to be better in the attacking third. We had a lot of contributions from a lot of different guys and hopefully it got us ready for our opener.”
The Red Storm will open the 2016 season on Friday, August 26, when the Johnnies play host to Drexel at 8 p.m. at Belson Stadium.