St. John’s MSOC Clean Sheets Marquette

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Rafael Bustamante. Photo: St. John's University

St. John’s improved to 3-0-0 in Big East Conference play for the first time since 2004 following its 4-0 win Friday night on the road at Marquette.

Sophomore Tani Oluwaseyi scored twice and junior Rafael Bustamante and freshman Atila Ashrafi each tallied their first collegiate goal for the No. 12 Red Storm.

The win also improved St. John’s record to 9-1-0 overall, the team’s best start through 10 games since 2008. That season, the Red Storm started 8-0-2 and finished 19-3-3 earning a spot in the College Cup. 

A scoreless affair through the first 30 minutes, St. John’s would breakthrough in the 35th minute. A corner kick from Matt Forster would reach Einar Lye at the near post. Lye would then tap a pass back to a wide-open Bustamante whose left-footed strike found the top left corner of the goal and put St. John’s ahead 1-0.

Maintaining its one-goal advantage into the second half, the Johnnies would extend its lead in the 55th minute. Niko Petridis dribbled down the right sideline before sending a low cross into the box for Ashrafi, whose shot deflected off Marquette keeper Cedrik Stern and into the net.

The lead would grow to three in the 62nd minute. Oluwaseyi intercepted a pass near midfield and dribbled a few yards before sending a long left-footed chance toward the goal. The shot deflected off of Stern and into the back of the net giving St. John’s a 3-0 lead.

In the 88th minute, Oluwaweyi would secure his brace with Skage Simonsen earning the assist.

Jan Hoffelner and Luka Gavran had two saves apiece to log the team’s sixth clean sheet of the season. Hoffelner started the game and improved to 4-0-0 on the season.

St. John’s win snapped a seven-game winless streak against the Golden Eagles that dated back to 2010. Prior to Friday, the Red Storm had not scored against Marquette since 2010.

Red Storm will return home to Belson Stadium on Tuesday to meet Temple for its final non-conference match of the season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.