Oluwaseyi Again Leads St. John’s MSOC To Victory

Oluwaseyi, St. John's
Tani Oluwaseyi. Photo: St. John's University

Tani Oluwaseyi scored his Big East Conference-leading seventh goal of the season Tuesday night to give No. 10 St. John’s a 1-0 home win over Temple.

The victory moved the Red Storm to 10-1-0 (3-0-0 Big East) on the season.

On the game-winner in the 66th minute, Rafael Bustamante began the buildup with a tackle in the Temple half of the field. He then moved up the left flank and found Oluwaseyi — this week’s Big East Offensive Player of the Week — in the center of the box. 

Oluwaseyi one-timed a left-footed shot through the legs of a Temple defender and into the back of the net for the only goal of the game. On the season, the sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has four game-winning goals. 

“Rafa’s got good agility, good passion for the game, good instinct in winning challenges and winning headers,” said Dr. Dave Masur, St. John’s head coach. “He stepped into the play and made a big-time winning tackle. He made a good play to Tani and Tani had a gorgeous finish.”

Oluwaseyi’s seven goals this season are the most by a St. John’s player since the College Cup campaign of 2008. That season, Tafadzwa Chiduku scored seven times and Nelson Becerra led the national semifinalists with eight goals in 24 games.

Jan Hoffelner (three saves) and Luka Gavran (four saves) combined to record the Red Storm’s third straight clean sheet and its seventh overall of the season. The goalkeeping tandem stopped all seven Temple shots on target, setting a season-high for saves in a single game.

The Red Storm will return to action at Belson Stadium on Saturday night, welcoming Big East rival Villanova to Queens for a game between two of the nation’s best defenses. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

Following a 1-0 win over No. 17 James Madison on Tuesday afternoon, the Wildcats rank third nationally with 0.26 goals-against average. The Red Storm lowered its goals-against average to 0.44 on Tuesday, good enough for seventh in Division I.