St. John’s Duarte Named Big East Defender Of The Week

Duarte, St. John's
Brandon Duarte. Photo: St. John's University

Following another week in which the No. 10 St. John’s men’s soccer team did not allow a goal, a member of the Red Storm’s backline has walked away with Big East Player of the Week honors.

Senior Brandon Duarte was named the conference Defensive Player of the Week. Normally a midfielder, the Toronto native this past week dropped to the team’s defensive corps that pitched two shutouts. 

Durate played 170 minutes during the two matches, a 1-0 win over Temple and a 4-0 win over Villanova. In 12 games this season, Durate has played 1,104 minutes and has one goal and two assists.

Duarte’s teammate, Tani Oluwaseyi, was named to the Big East’s weekly Honor Roll. The sophomore this past week scored the game-winning goal in the win over Temple. He then had two assists in the Red Storm’s win over Villanova.

Sitting at 11-1-0 (4-0-0 Big East), St. John’s is ranked No. 2 in the first RPI of the season. The Red Storm is off to its best start since 1993 when the men’s soccer team that season won 13 of its first 14 games on its way to a 21-game unbeaten streak.

St. John’s will be back in action Saturday, traveling to Omaha, Neb., for a Big East Conference matchup with Creighton. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.