St. John’s soccer has a mixed week of results in loss to Georgetown and win over Marquette.
This past week the St. John’s soccer team had the chance to deliver a massive statement to the rest of the conference on the road against No. 2 Georgetown.
Coming off of a disappointing scoreless draw at home to Seton Hall on October 16, where the Red Storm played really well, St. John’s looked to get a potentially huge result against the Georgetown Hoyas in the nation’s capital.
The Johnnies got off to a nightmare start in the game, conceding a goal within the first two minutes of the game to forward Stefan Stojanovic.
St. John’s would eventually grow in the game as the first half went along with Filip Kangeman coming the closest to an equalizer with a shot inside the box that just flashed over the crossbar in the 34th minute.
Shots were 9-5 in favor of Georgetown at the half.
The Johnnies would come out in the second half on the front foot and got the equalizing goal in the 49th minute through Brandon Knapp for his fourth goal of the season finishing off a cross from Wesley Leggett.
The rest of the second half went back and forth with both teams generating opportunities, but ultimately not able to find a winning goal and the game went to overtime.
It marked a record five straight games that the Red Storm have gone to extra time to settle a game this season.
Just when it looked like St. John’s would earn a huge point on the road, with 30 seconds left in double overtime Georgetown would find the winning goal and takedown St. John’s in heartbreaking fashion through a shot from outside the box via junior Aidan Rocha.
The shot deflected off a St. John’s defender to take it past Luka Gavran.
St. John’s soccer bounces back in dominating fashion at home
St. John’s would then return to Belson Stadium on Homecoming Weekend to take on Marquette.
This was a game that the Red Storm dominated from the very beginning and just let out their frustration over the heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to Georgetown, pouring on the goals in a 4-0 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Wesley Legett would then double the Red Storm lead right before halftime in the 40th minute heading in an Einar Lye cross for the junior’s third goal of the season.
The only time Marquette seriously threatened was in the 48th minute when Gavran had to make a diving stop, but the save was relatively comfortable for a goalkeeper of his quality.
If they did not already have it, the Johnnies took a vice grip control of the game in the 65th minute as Adrian Roseth beat Marquette’s Chandler Hallwood at the near post to extend the St. John’s lead to three and notch his first career Red Storm goal.
Lye would be credited with his second assist of the night and fourth on the season.
The senior Norwegian midfielder would add the fourth goal of the night for St. John’s in the 72nd minute.
St. John’s dominated Marquette with an 18-5 difference in shots on the night as the Johnnies posted five shots on goal with just two for Marquette.
The Johnnies’ recent performances have pushed them into the TopDrawer Soccer Top-25 rankings for the first time this season sitting right at No. 25.
St. John’s has also moved up six spots to No.26 on the RPI.
St. John’s currently sits in 3rd place in the Big East standings with a 4-2-2 record, or 14 points, with two games to play in the regular season.
The Johnnies still have some work to do to officially clinch a spot in the Big East Tournament as there are just three points separating 3rd place and 6th place.
The next two opponents, DePaul and Butler, are part of that pack that is right behind St. John’s.
St. John’s is off until Saturday when they will travel to Chicago to take on DePaul at 2:00pm EST on the Big East Digital Network via FloSports.
Then, the St. John’s soccer team will finish off the regular season with senior day on Wednesday, November 3 against Butler in Queens at 7:00pm EST.