Ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 poll for much of the season, the Red Storm will be back in action at Belson Stadium on Sunday. The 5 p.m. kickoff will feature St. John’s taking on the winner of Syracuse/Rhode Island on Thursday.
The Red Storm earned its NCAA berth and national seed following a regular season in which the team enters the tournament with a record of 13-4-1.
“I think the team is thrilled, really excited,” said Dr. David Masur, who has now made the NCAA Tournament 21 times in 29 opportunities as the head coach at St. John’s. “We were traditionally for numerous years an NCAA team every year, so being able to get back to the NCAAs has a very, very sweet feeling to it, but it’s not about getting back. It’s about winning. We don’t want to just get back, we want to win.”
St. John’s started the season with eight straight wins before falling to No. 25 Maryland 1-0 in extra-time. The team has had a bumpy end to the season, losing three of its final five games.
The Red Storm and Georgetown were two of four Big East teams alongside Butler and Providence to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament field.
Since the program’s first NCAA Tournament in 1992, the Johnnies have advanced in 13 of their 20 appearances, including 13 of their last 16. In its history, the Red Storm has won a national title (1996), made four College Cups (1996, 2001, 2003, 2008), advanced to two national title games (1996, 2003) and made it to the round of 16 or further 11 times.