Men’s Soccer Beats James Madison, Waits For Virginia

The quest for the 2000 College Cup, took the Red Storm to Harrisonburg, Va., to face the James Madison Dukes (17-4-1)in the first round og the tournament .

Seventy six minutes into the game Sharlie Joseph showed why he was named to the Big East first team. He scored the winning goal as the 11th ranked Red Storm defeated the Dukes.

The winning goal came at the 75:50 mark when junior Rich Bradley found Jeff Matteo alone on the left side of the box. Matteo crossed to Joseph who beat James Madison goalkeeper Jeff Kovolenko.

For Joseph it was his team leading 14th goal of the season.

The Red Storm held a 16-10 advantage in shots on goal. The Dukes best chance came early in the second half, when senior Brandon Wright went one-on-one against goalkeeper Jeff Stoklosa who stuffed him.
With the victory, St. John’s move on to the second round of the College Cup on Sunday at Virginia at 1:00. The winner will advance to the third round to face the winner of Creighton-San Diego.

Virginia is 16-5-1 after a 5-0 opening round victory over Lehigh. Freshman forward Alecko Eskandarian leads the Cavaliers with 16 goals and six assists for a total of 38 points.

The teams met on Aug. 28 in the 2000 preseason. They played to 1-1 tie in the Maryland FILA Preseason Classic in College Park, Md.

The teams have only met once before in the regular season with Virginia winning 2-0 in the 1994 regular season.