Oluwaseyi’s Game-Winner Keeps St. John’s MSOC Unbeaten

Tani Oluwaseyi celebrates his goal scored vs. Penn. Photo: St. John's University

An 80th-minute goal by sophomore Tani Oluwaseyi was all the St. John’s men’s soccer team would need in its 1-0 win over the University of Pennsylvania Friday night.

The victory in front of a crowded Belson Stadium kept the Red Storm unbeaten (5-0-0) on the season. According to the university, the five wins matches the best start in program history, equalling the mark set by the 1995 team that won the Big East title that year. 

The Red Storm goalkeeping tandem of Jan Hoffelner and Luka Gavran combined to record the team’s fourth clean sheet of the season. Gavran registered both of the St. John’s saves, including a game-saving effort in the 88th minute from close range.

“It was a closely contested game,” Dr. Dave Masur, St. John’s head coach said after the victory. “Penn is a good team, good at moving the ball.  I thought we had a really good first half. We slipped up a little bit in the second half, but we got some good chances on the break. We showed a little bit of our maturity as the game went on.”

Oluwaseyi’s game-winner resulted from a pair of precise passes in the offensive zone, as Skage Simonsen played the ball out wide to Brandon Duarte. The senior captain crossed it in front to Oluwaseyi, who then buried a shot into the bottom right corner. 

The goal was Oluwaseyi’s third of the season and second game-winner. Simonsen’s assist marked his third in the span of four games while Duarte registered his first point of the year on the play.

St. John’s, which started the week as the 19th ranked team in the country, will be back in action Monday when the team makes the trip to Manhattan to play Columbia. Kickoff is 7 p.m.