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Oct. 8, 1997

Three Second Half Goals Lift Villanova Over St. John's, 3-1

ST.JOHN'S, N.Y.- Down 1-0 with just over thirty minutes remaining in the game, Villanova scored three unanswered goals to role over St. John's 3-1 in a game played at St. John's University Wednesday.

With the victory, Villanova improved to 5-6-1 overall and 3-3-0 in the Big East Conference.

The Red Storm opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game on a goal by Stephanie Luzak, assisted by Marisa Haszto. Taking the pass on the left side of the field, Luzak buried a 20-yarder past Wildcat goalie Jeanne Hennessy to give St. John's a 1-0 lead.

With both teams unable to score in the remaining 30 minutes of the first half, the game went into intermission with the Red Storm up by one goal.

The second half was dominated by the Wildcats, as they scored three goals in a 15-minute span to take control of the game. At the 59:41 mark, sophomore Lauren Sellers stole the ball and passed it to senior Maura McGhee who scored her eighth goal of the season to tie the game at one.

Less than eight minutes later, junior Amy Poplawski stole the ball from the goalie, netting her second goal of the season to give the Wildcats their first lead, 2-1.

Villanova was not done, however, as McGhee scored her second of the game and ninth of the season off a breakaway, drilling a shot passed Red Storm goalie Sherry Reill.

In addition to the offensive display put on by the Wildcats in the second half, the defense also played spectacular shutting down the St. John's offense, as Hennessy stopped four shots to give her six on the day. Strong defensive performances were also contributed by seniors Beth McCaffery and Stephanie Shields.

With the loss, the Red Storm fell to 6-6-0 and 2-6-0 in the Big East.

The Wildcats return home to resume their Big East schedule on Saturday, Oct. 11, against the Syracuse Orangemen at 10 am.

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