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St. John's Men's Soccer comes to a disappointing end

The Red Storm were unable to spark a run in the NCAA Tournament leaving them one and done in two straight years.

Norman Rose

Playing in Queens at Belson Stadium, St. John's wasn't able to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit, sending them to their second straight one and done NCAA Tournament record.

The No. 18 team in the nation had high hopes, but that wasn't enough to help them get over the hump and make a run for a title.

Fairleigh Dickinson (10-5-6) took an insurmountable lead in the 36th minute on a goal by Anthony Moore. Moore rebounded the ball after a miss shot by Jan Aubert and sent the ball into the top corner of the net.

The second half heavily favored St. John's (10-5-4) as they outshot FDU 9-4 but Dickinson goalie Jacob Lissek posted the shutout.

"FDU has always had a very strong program and we knew this was going to be a tough game," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "We had chances, but credit their defense for making the plays in the final third to keep us from finding the back of the net."

FDU will go on to face No. 8 Saint Louis in the 2nd round as St. John's will pack up its bags and head into the off season looking to gather themselves up for next year.

The Red Storm had a strong start to the season, moving up in the rankings to as high as No. 10. They began the season 5-1-0, won the Gamecock Classic and tied the current No. 1 Akron in double overtime.

The team had high expectations going into the conference tournament, but they exited the Big East playoffs in their first game against Georgetown, 2-1.