St. John’s soccer takes down Boston in overtime victory

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St. John’s soccer takes down Boston University in overtime in a whirlwind game. 

On Friday night at Belson Stadium, the St. John’s soccer team defeated Boston University by a score of 3-2 in overtime, despite the Red Storm blowing a two-goal lead in the second half.

St. John’s got off to a perfect start in the game as the Johnnies secured the early lead after just six minutes through Einar Lye.

Andrew Bennett and Brandon Knapp would combine to get the Johnnies into the box and Knapp slid a pass into Lye who slotted the ball home to get the Red Storm on the board.

The senior Norwegian midfielder would add a second goal just six minutes later as he headed in a cross from Lucas Bartlett. The goals were Lye’s first two strikes of the season, equalling his tally from last year’s spring season.

The Johnnies would continue to dominate the game as they had six shots in the first half to Boston University’s one.

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The second half looked exactly the same as St. John’s controlled the possession and looked very comfortable in the game until Boston’s Brian Hernandez struck.

Hernandez would cut the Red Storm’s lead in half in the 65th minute, just after St. John’s unluckily saw a fantastic shot by Waldemar Kattrup strike the crossbar which would have made it a 3-0 lead.

The Johnnies would miss some chances to get a third goal and put the Terriers away and Hernandez would capitalize again to tie the game with six minutes left.

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St. John’s had a great opportunity at the end of regulation to still get the win after Jared Juuleau got fouled at the edge of the 18-yard box, but Lye’s free-kick was saved by Franceso Montali.

The game would go to overtime, but if you blinked you may have missed it, and within the first minute of overtime St. John’s would be awarded a penalty kick as Wesley Leggett was taken down in the box.

Knapp would step up and slot home the penalty kick for his second goal of the season, clinching the overtime win for the Johnnies.

St. John’s showed great resilience in still getting the victory despite losing the lead and control of the game late in the second half.

The win moves St. John’s to a 3-2 on the season and will next take on Columbia in its last game of its current five-game home stand.

Kickoff is scheduled for Monday at 7:00pm EST on FloSports with conference play looming soon thereafter.

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