St. John’s men’s soccer continues an incredible run to start the season, now 9-0-1 with one more non-conference game against Temple to play tonight.
The Johnnies, whose sole loss came in double overtime at ranked Maryland, opened up on the Marquette Golden Eagles on the road. That win earned a pair of individual awards:
Tani Oluwaseyi, a sophomore forward/ midfielder from Mississauga, Ontario, was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week after his two-coal performance (including one through the Golden Eagles’ keeper’s legs.
Junior defenseman Rafael Bustamente was named to the Big East Honor Roll after opening up the scoring on Friday against Marquette. He was Big East Defensive Player of the Week the previous week.
As far as last week’s game...
St. John’s 4, Marquette 0
The Johnnies had their way in every facet of the game, as the score line suggests.
Big East Defensive Player of the Week Rafael Bustamante opened the scoring for St. John’s in the 34th minute with a one touch rocket from outside the box that Marquette had no chance of saving.
Midfielder Atila Ashrafi scored his first of the season in the 55th minute to bring the score to 2-0.
Midfielder Tani Oluwaseyi took matters into his own hands as he tacked on two breakaway goals of his own to bring the final tally to 4-0. Oluwaseyi’s goals put him at six for the year, leading the Big East, and most for a Johnny since 2008.
Marquette’s play could be characterized as chaotic; mistakes plagued the team from start to end. Though they managed 12 shots over the 90 minutes, only four of Marquette’s shots were on goal and none gave Red Storm GK Cedrik Stern a problem. The Golden Eagles were booked for two yellow cards in the final 15 minutes of the game.
After a Georgetown tie and Creighton loss, the Red Storm find themselves of sole possession in first place in the Big East Standings.
The Johnnies tied last year’s conference win total at 3 with this week’s win. With a 3-0-0 start to conference lay and a fringe top-10 ranking in the country, the team seems to have turned around from last year’s disappointing season that ended in the Big East Tournament.
Next week brings St. John’s the second-to-last two-game week of the season as St. John’s hosts Temple on Tuesday, October 8th and Villanova on Saturday, October 12th.
The team hopes to double the win streak they are currently riding, and move to double digit wins over the next seven days.