St. John’s soccer: Men’s team unveils spring season schedule

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The schedule for the St. John’s soccer program was revealed. 

It’s been a long time coming for the St. John’s soccer team as the men’s program revealed its 2021 spring schedule.

The Big East Conference made the decision to cancel the fall soccer season and pushed back to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, as the schedules for the spring season have been unveiled the wait will soon come to an end.

When the Red Storm finally take the field it will be the first time in over a year since they have played a competitive game with the last match coming in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 game where the Johnnies lost to the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers, 3-0.

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Virginia eventually lost to the Georgetown Hoyas in the National Championship Game on November 30, 2019.

St. John’s is coming off a season where they finished 14-5-1, including getting off to a program best 7-0-0 start to the season, earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament and advancing to the Round of 16 for the 12th time since 1996.

The St. John’s soccer 2021 schedule:

The St. John’s Men’s Soccer team will open up the season on February 13 against Saint Joseph’s.

The Johnnies will then take on Fordham, who is coached by former Red Storm player Carlo Acquista, on February 17 and NJIT on February 20 as part of a three-game non-conference schedule.

For conference play, the Big East was split for this year into East and Midwest divisions in order to limit travel.

The East division that contains the Red Storm includes Seton Hall, Providence, Villanova, Georgetown, and UConn.

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The Midwest division contains Creighton, Marquette, DePaul, Butler, and Xavier.

St. John’s will play a 10 game conference schedule against their East divisional rivals.

Each team will also have three bye weeks built into the schedule in case any games need to be rescheduled.

The four-team Big East Men’s Soccer Championship tournament will be played on April 14 and April 17.

The expectation for the St. John’s this season is to get back to the NCAA Tournament and once again challenge for a national title as most of the core of last year’s team is still on the roster.

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