St. John’s Tops Cuse To Advance In NCAAs

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The St. John’s men’s soccer team is on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament following its 2-1 home win over former Big East rival Syracuse. 

Brandon Knapp in the 19th minute and Skage Simonsen in the 36th minute scored for the Red Storm 

The No. 16 St. John’s men’s soccer team used a pair of first-half goals to down Syracuse, 2-1, and advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night at Belson Stadium.

In goal, Jan Hoffelner played a scoreless first-half to lower his goals-against average to 0.57 and improve to 8-2-0 on the year. Luka Gavran played the second half and made two saves in a period that saw the Orange record 10 shots.

“It was a gutsy performance against a very physical and good Syracuse team with a lot of talent,” said Dr. Dave Masur, St. John’s Head Coach. “It was really good to be able to come away with a victory. For the first half we were quite good, possessed a lot and the wind certainly helped.”

St. John’s will travel to no. 1 overall seed Virginia for their third-round matchup on Saturday, November 30, at 7 p.m. 

St. John’s and Virginia will meet for the first time since 2013 when the Cavaliers ended the Red Storm’s season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlottesville.