With the Big East playoffs rapidly approaching, the St. John’s men’s soccer team, reigning tournament champions, knew that it needed to turn things around.
Following a three game losing streak, the Red Storm are well on their way, posting three straight shutouts, including an impressive win over conference-rival Rutgers on Oct. 20.
Three days later, at DePaul, the Red Storm did it again, as junior forward Walter Hines kept good fortune alive in scoring the game-winner to lift St. John’s over the Blue Demons, 1-0 – its fourth straight shutout.
With the win, St. John’s improves to 8-5-2 (2-3-2 Big East) while DePaul remains winless in Big East play, falling to 3-9-4 (0-5-2).
“DePaul is a good offensive team, so I was pleased with how we limited their opportunities,” said head coach Dave Masur. “We got the result today because of a great team effort.”
Hines scored the game winner when redshirt senior Tadeu Terra took a hard shot at Blue Demons goalkeeper John Michael Kulnig at the 71st minute. Kulnig blocked the shot and Hines collected the loose ball and slid a shot past him to get the Red Storm on the scoreboard.
St. John’s started the game off very strongly on the offensive end. In the first six minutes of play, the Red Storm had multiple attempts from Jamie Thomas and Scerre Wegge Gundhus that just missed finding the back of the net.
Junior midfielder Pablo Battuto Punyed, red shirt freshman midfielder Adrian L’Esperance and freshman forward Dom Sarle also had good opportunities for the Red Storm in the first half.
Terra led the Red Storm with three shots while Hines, L’Esperance and redshirt senior Adam Himeno each
added two shots. Senior defender John Tardy and junior midfielder Chris Lebo each added a shot on goal.
On the defensive end, the unit of Connor Lade, who was recently named the Big East Defensive Player of
the Week for the second straight week, Kyle Hoffer, Jamie Thomas, Tardy and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rafael Diaz posted their fourth straight shutout of the season, not allowing any shots on goal and extending their
scoreless streak to 434:55.
The Red Storm return to play tonight as they host Big East-rival Villanova at 7:30 at Belson Stadium.