The Red Storm (7-3-5, 2-2-2) counted on its defense throughout the contest, shutting out a Blue Demon team that had scored 24 goals during a seven-game win streak and were averaging more than three goals per game in conference play.
Senior keeper Diana Poulin picked up her 10th clean sheet of the season, tying the single-season program record held by Kristin Russell (2008-2011). Poulin made a season-best nine saves, her most in a game since she made 10 stops at Marquette during the 2013 season.
Poulin’s goals-against average dropped to 0.44 on the campaign, while her save percentage rose to .881.
Samie Scaffidi tallied her third goal of the season in the 70th minute after dribbling her way through three defenders and sending a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner for a sensational goal.
For the game, DePaul (8-5-2, 5-1-0) held advantages in most offensive categories. The Blue Demons outshot the Red Storm, 18-3, and sent nine shots on target to St. John’s two. DePaul also earned six corner kicks, while the Red Storm won just one.
Over the final 16 minutes of play, however, the St. John’s defense held the Blue Demons to just one shot that was turned aside by Poulin, and the Red Storm closed out their seventh win of the season.
St. John’s returns to action on Thursday when they head to Cincinnati to take on Xavier at 6:30 p.m..
Men down Butler
Propelled by a late-game, world-class goal from Harry Cooksley, the St. John’s men’s soccer team picked up a win over a ranked opponent for the first time in three years on Saturday night, as the Red Storm defeated No. 11 Butler, 2-1, at Belson Stadium.
Butler (8-4-1, 3-2-0) entered the contest ranked sixth in the RPI, having lost to only three top-10 opponents and drawing against a Louisville team in its season-opener that has since risen to number four in the nation.
The Bulldogs also led the Big East in goals and points, averaging 2.25 and 6.67 per game, respectively, before coming to Queens.
St. John’s (6-3-4, 2-1-2) last defeated a ranked opponent in 2013 when the Red Storm picked up a win over No. 5 Georgetown despite playing shorthanded for the final 48 minutes of the contest.
“I think we prepared very well the past few days,” said Coach Dave Masur. “We had a really good first half by limiting their chances and I thought we had a couple of good chances ourselves.”
Cooksley and Alistair Johnston recorded the goals for the Red Storm, with both of the first-year Johnnies finding the back of the net for the fourth time on the campaign.
Andrew Withers notched his fifth win of the season on Saturday night by making three saves, one of which was a heroic effort on a Butler header in the 72nd minute to preserve the 1-1 tie.
The Red Storm’s win was made even more special by the presence of eight-year-old cancer survivor Jackson Amiruddin, whom the team adopted through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
Amiruddin took part in a special pregame ceremony and spent the game on the sidelines.
The Red Storm will next be in action on Saturday in 1 p.m. road showdown with Georgetown.