Tani Oluwaseyi provided all the offense the No. 9 Red Storm (8-1-0, 2-0-0 Big East) would need, finding the back of the net in the 35th minute with the help of an assist from Skage Simonsen.
Oluwaseyi’s goal was his fourth of the year, tying him with Niko Petridis for the team lead and matching his total from all of 2018 in just the team’s ninth game. Simonsen’s fourth assist of the campaign also matched his season-long total from a year ago.
Jan Hoffelner became the first St. John’s keeper to play a full game this year, making a season-high three saves and anchoring the Red Storm to its fifth clean sheet of the campaign.
In addition to the three saves, Hoffelner also made a number of plays that were not reflected on the score sheet. The junior from Frankfurt, Germany, helped clear several Butler chances late in the game with the Johnnies clinging to a one-goal lead.
St. John’s outshot Butler (4-4-0, 0-2-0 Big East) 9-7 including a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. The Red Storm also earned eight corners to the Bulldogs’ four.
St. John’s will return to action Friday night when they meet Marquette in Milwaukee. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.