St. John’s soccer clinches postseason berth in win over DePaul

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St. John’s soccer takes down DePaul on the road in a comprehensive victory 

On Saturday afternoon, the St. John’s soccer team took down a struggling DePaul squad by a score of 2-0 in Chicago.

The Red Storm were on the front foot right from the beginning of the game as midfielder Andrew Bennett put St. John’s on the board after just four minutes of play.

The sophomore took advantage of the Blue Demon backline not being able to deal with a Lucas Bartlett long ball and found the back of the net. The goal was Bennett’s second of the season.

The Johnnies would quickly double their lead in the 15th minute through a fantastic, goal-of-the-season type of strike, from Jared Juleau as the junior defender fired a shot from outside the box into the top right-hand corner for his first goal of the season.

The assist would be credited to Brandon Knapp for his Big East-leading sixth helper of the year.

The Johnnies would dominate this game the rest of the way in a really comprehensive win. The game finished with 13 shots for St. John’s to just three for DePaul.

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The win moves St. John’s to a 10-4-2 (5-2-2, Big East) record and clinches a spot in the Big East Tournament.

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The Johnnies currently sit in third place in the Big East with 17 points and cannot finish any lower with a group led by Villanova in fourth place all sitting at 13 points and one game left in the regular season.

The Johnnies can finish as high as second with Providence only ahead of them by one point.

The Friars take on Creighton on Wednesday in what is set to be an action packed day of Big East Men’s Soccer play.

Next up for St. John’s, they will come home to take on Butler at Belson Stadium at 7:00pm EST on Wednesday to wrap up the regular season.

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Butler is another team even with Villanova at 13 points right in the middle of the pack, sitting at the sixth and final Big East Tournament spot on goal difference.

The Bulldogs will desperately be looking to pull off the upset and secure their spot in the postseason with Marquette right below them also at 13 points while DePaul is at 11 points and still alive to make the tournament field.

St. John’s has won the last two games against Butler with the last meeting coming back in 2019 as the Red Storm pulled out a 1-0 victory on the road.

The last time the two teams met at Belson Stadium, St. John’s won by a score of 2-0.

A Red Storm win and a Providence draw or loss will result in St. John’s holding the No. 2 seed and receive a First Round bye in the Big East Tournament.

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