Lye’s Brace Keeps St. John’s MSOC Rolling

St. John's, Einar Lye
Einar Lye. Photo: St. John's University.

St. John’s improved to 4-0-0 in the Big East for the first time since 2003 as the Red Storm defeated Villanova 4-0 Saturday night at Belson Stadium.

Sophmore Einar Lye scored twice with sophomore Skage Simonsen and freshman Jared Juleau adding goals. Tani Oluwaseyi had two assists.

Overall, St. John’s moved to 11-1-0 on the season, marking the first time the Johnnies have won 11 of its opening 12 games since 1993, a season that began with a 21-game unbeaten streak. Within the conference, the Johnnies maintained its two-point lead over Georgetown

“We’re happy to get a Big East win,” said Dr. David Masur, St. John’s head coach, who notched his 419th career victory. “It’s great for the guys and great for a lot of different people to get in the game and really make contributions.”

Simonsen opened the scoring in the 35th minute as he headed home a corner kick with Brandon Knapp getting the assist.

“Fantastic first goal from Skage that really opened the game and made them press forward and that’s what we want to do,” said Masur. “We were hoping to get a set-piece goal and hopeful to get a head ball in the six and we did, so that’s a big bonus for us.”

Maintaining its one-goal lead at halftime, St. John’s would explode for three goals in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Juleau registered his first collegiate goal, finishing a back-and-forth sequence with Tani Oluwaseyi.

Lye recorded his second brace of the season, adding insurance goals in the 65th and 79th minutes to secure the victory. The sophomore from Undheim, Norway, also scored twice against Iona on Sept. 10.

Luka Gavran and Jan Hoffelner combined to record the team’s eighth shutout of the season. Gavran, who played the final 45 minutes, made two of the team’s three saves.

St. John’s dominated possession, outshooting the Wildcats, 17-6, including a 9-3 edge in shots on goal. The Red Storm also earned seven corner kicks while allowing none.

The Red Storm’s four goals came against a Villanova (7-4-1, 1-2-1 Big East) team that had allowed only three goals on the season prior to its match against the Red Storm. 

St. John’s will return to action on Saturday night in Omaha, taking on Creighton at 8 p.m.