It was a tale of two halves for the Johnnies, who played with a strong wind to their backs in the opening 45 minutes. Villanova controlled the pace throughout the first half, but the Red Storm came away with the better scoring chances despite the Wildcats attack.
St. John’s (9-3-5, 4-2), now winners of three straight, held a 6-3 advantage in shots in the first half.
“In the first half, playing with the wind worked against us,” head coach Ian Stone said. “We kept over hitting balls and they kept rolling through to the goalkeeper, so I said at halftime I think it was going to suit us a little more now where we can play a ball into feet.”
After Villanova took the first four shots in the second half, St. John’s went on the offensive in the 66th minute. Samie Scaffidi sent a shot on goal before a Shea Connors attempt led to a corner.
After Miranda Haraughty’s initial header hit the crossbar, Anna Maria Baldursdottir connected and found the back of the net for her third goal of the season.
“I think we competed a little harder and there was a 15-minute period where we were playing better in the midfield, winning second balls, and that allowed us to get the ball on the ground and possess it,” Stone said about the second half.
Poulin made eight saves to pick up her 31st career shutout, one shy of trying Kristin Russell (2008-11) for the program record.
St. John’s returns to action on Friday when it hosts Providence in the 2016 regular season finale. The first kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Red Storm men fall to Georgetown
Meanwhile, the men’s soccer team suffered just its second lost of the Big East season on Saturday afternoon, falling on the road to Georgetown, 1-0, on a blustery day in Washington.
With the loss, the Red Storm fell to 6-4-4 on the season with a 2-2-2 record in conference play. The Hoyas improved to 5-8-4 overall with a 2-3-1 mark in league action.
The wind played a significant factor throughout the match, with gusts reaching as high as 40 miles per hour.
Despite picking up the loss, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Withers recorded a season-high six saves on the afternoon.
Harry Cooksley tallied a game-high seven shots, more than half of the team’s 12 tries overall. The junior from London was one of four Red Storm field players to log a full 90-minute effort alongside Alistair Johnston, Marco Torriani and Marcus Lindqvist.
The Red Storm were scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Villanova for a midweek match with the Wildcats, a team that handed Creighton its first loss of the Big East season on Saturday.