By Joseph Staszewski
Rachel Daly’s header put her ahead of everyone else in the St. John’s record book.
The Red Storm women’s soccer senior connected with a cross into the box by Shea Connors in the 34th minute for the first goal of a 3-0 Big East victory over Marquette at Belson Stadium last Sunday. The tally moved Daly into first on St. John’s all-time list for career goals (41) and points (92). She came into the game tied with Adriana Viola, who graduated in 1992, for the top spot on the St. John’s career goals list and trailing Viola by one on the points list.
“Speaking individually, which I generally don’t like doing, it’s huge. It really is,” said Daly on breaking the record. “It’s a great feeling, especially doing it over two and a half years rather than four, I think for me it’s a great achievement and it’s one of those things I can’t really put into words what it felt like when I scored both of those goals today.”
The England native’s two goals gave Daly her fourth time multi-goal game in the last five tries and is the 14th of her career. Her second goal in the 81st minute gave No. 19-ranked St. John’s a 3-0 lead. Daly has 11 goals this season.
“She continues to amaze me every day,” said Red Storm Coach Ian Stone. “Her technique is just so perfect… She’s probably the best player we’ve ever had here and she keeps proving it game after game.”
The victory was a program best seventh straight, it is the first ever victory over Marquette (4-6-3, 1-2-0) and also marked the first time St. John’s (11-1-0, 3-0-0) has won three consecutive Big East games. Diana Poulin earned the win in goal and the team’s ninth shutout of the season, just one shy of tying the program record. Emily Cubbage had a goal and Morgan Tinari chipped in two assists for the Red Storm, who visit Georgetown on Thursday. The Hoyas ended St. John’s season in the Big East semifinals a year ago.y