Keep On Winnin’

The St. John’s men’s soccer team continued their winning ways after a 3-0 victory over Ivy League side Princeton Wednesday night.

Goals from three Red Storm (4-0-1) forwards, junior Jimmy Mulligan, sophomore Daniel Herrera and freshman Jelani Williams clinched Masur’s men their third straight win.

Mulligan’s opener came in the eighth minute after he controlled a lofted ball over the defense, cut inside his defender and struck a well-placed shot into the back of the net.

“I picked up the ball a few yards off the 18 [yard box] after [Nick Matthews] played a nice little ball over the defender. I took a touch and saw the defender committing a little to his left, so I faked it and brought it back inside. Then I saw the goalie kind of cheating a little bit to his right, so I put it over his left shoulder,” said Mulligan.

The remainder of the first half saw the Johnnies threaten the Princeton (1-1) goal on number of occasions, but they could not find their second goal until the second half.

Red shirt sophomore Daniel Herrera was the man that found the home team’s second goal of the night in the 79 minute after a flurry of second half chances were squandered.

After receiving the ball about 30 yards from goal, Herrera decided to test his luck by sending a scorching shot towards goal that found the back of the net. The Massapequa Park, NY native, impressed with his stunning effort, raised his arms to his sides in celebration while his teammates raced towards him in congratulation.

“I was looking for the ball on my right foot and I cut it back, turned on my left foot, and the next thing I remember, the ball was in the back of the net,” he explained.

Despite the Princeton keeper Max Gallin stationed a few yards off of his line, Herrera didn’t realize during the build-up to the goal.

“No, I actually didn’t look at the keeper. At halftime our assistant coach [Jeffrey Matteo] said that, ‘he’s off his line, he’s got bad positioning, so just turn and shoot.’”

Princeton continued to search for their opening goal after the Johnnies scored their second, but the Ivy League’s squad quest for a result was all but ended after freshman Jelani Williams tapped home in the 87 minute after a minor scuffle in the box, giving the Red Storm a resounding 3-0 lead.

Masur’s men will look to notch their fourth straight victory against William & Mary Sat. at Belson Stadium.