Focus Turns To NCAA After BIg East Tourney Defeat

There will be no celebration at Red Bull Arena this year as the No. 13/24 St. John’s men’s soccer team crashed out of the Big East tournament at the quarterfinal stage Saturday after losing to No. 4/6 Georgetown 2-1.

An early second half penalty from sophomore defender Tim Parker gave the Red Storm (10-4-4, 4-3-1) some life after going into halftime trailing by one goal, but a 66th minute strike from Georgetown’s (16-2-1, 6-2-0) Brandon Allen proved to be the game winner for the home side.

“It was nice to get an equalizer, it gave us some good momentum” said St. John’s head coach Dr. Dave Masur. “We’re a little bit upset that we gave away a goal early in the game off of a free-kick.”

Following Allen’s goal, which was the freshman’s twelfth of the year, the Johnnies held the Hoyas to zero shots for the remainder of the match.

However, Masur’s men could not find another equalizing goal despite opportunities falling to senior Andres Vargas and freshman Danny Bedoya in the 77th and 79th minute, respectively.

Despite the loss, the current holders of the Big East tournament title remain a team that hold a legitimate shot at being drawn into the NCAA Tournament.

“Hopefully we’ll get in the [NCAA] tournament,” said Masur. “We feel we’ve played a tough schedule, we’ve been able to amass a pretty good record and we know that we’ve had a decent RPI throughout the year. We just have to make sure we’re prepared for whoever we get and get ready to go.”

Given the surplus of underclassmen that have received playing time this season, the experience of playing in a tense Big East tournament game on the road will benefit the younger players come NCAA tournament time.

They [freshmen] have all played some critical minutes, and many of them, a lot of minutes,” said Masur. “We’re not looking at them as freshman anymore.”

The NCAA Tournament draw will take place on Nov. 12.