St. John’s MSOC Defeats Manhattan To Stay Unbeaten

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The St. John’s men’s soccer team remains undefeated on the early season after its 3-0 home win over Manhattan Friday night.

In opening the home portion of its 2019 schedule, the Red Storm improved to 3-0. The last time the team won three straight to start the season was in 2008 when the team qualified for the NCAA College Cup.

The three St. John’s goals came from sophomores as Brandon Knapp, Tani Oluwaseyi and Skage Simonsen each found the back of the net. Knapp’s goal proved to be the game-winner and was the first of his college career.

Oluwaseyi has now registered a point in each game this season, scoring the game-winner against North Carolina State and assisting on a goal at Appalachian State.  

Simonsen was on the score sheet for the second time in as many games, as he assisted on Oluwaseyi’s goal against the Wolfpack.

“I thought it was an impressive victory for us,” said Dr. Dave Masur, St. John’s head coach. “I think Manhattan has a great team. They’re big, they’re physical, they’re organized, they’re technical and I was just pleased with our ability to stay with the game plan and do the right things.”

In goal, Jan Hoffelner and Luka Gavran combined to record their third clean sheet in as many games. Hoffelner registered one save in the opening half to improve to 2-0-0 before Gavran tallied two stops over the final 45 minutes of action.   

St. John’s outshot Manhattan 19-4 with seven of those shot on goal.

The Red Storm took an early lead on the Jaspers when Knapp scored in the 14th minute. Ron Alkobi got on the end of a cross from Matt Forster and Alkobi’s header off the right post fell to Knapp, who collected the ball and beat Manhattan keeper Marcellin Gohier.    

Leading 1-0 at the half, St. John’s extended its lead 10 minutes into the second 45. Oluwaseyi converted on a Manhattan mistake, as a Jasper defender attempted to play a ball back to his goalkeeper from the center of the field. The Mississauga, Ontario-native quickly tracked down the loose ball and beat Gohier for his second goal of the season.

The Red Storm’s third goal was scored by Simonsen in the 73rd minute who took advantage of a poor clearance attempt and put a well-placed shot into the upper 90.

St. John’s will be back at Belson Stadium Tuesday night to face Iona. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.