#19 St. John's 2, NJIT 1
The No. 19 Red Storm opened the season on Friday (Aug. 31) at home with a 2-1 win over visiting NJIT, with senior Jimmy Mulligan scoring the go-ahead goal in the 77th minute.
St. John's opened the scoring when sophomore Sean Sepe scored after getting a feed from Jamie Thomas after Thomas beat a NJIT defender. Thomas sent a pass into the box to feed Sepe, who easily tucked in his first collegiate goal.
The Highlanders answered with a goal of their own after a loose ball was picked up by Philipp Hannemann, who sent it ahead to Franco Gamero, who beat Red Storm goalkeeper Rafael Diaz (five saves) to tie it at 1.
#20 Virginia 2, #19 St. John's 0
The Red Storm took to the road for the second game of their season, taking on another top-20 team in Virginia.
The Cavaliers (1-1-0), were able to hold the Red Storm scoreless, taking the contest, 2-0. Virgina were paced by Jordan Allen, who had a goal and an assist, and goalkeeper Jeff Gal, who made one save to preserve the shutout.
For the Red Storm, Diaz made two stops, including a penalty kick in the second half.
The Red Storm return to action and opens a four-game homestand with an 8 p.m. start on Sept. 6 against No. 8 Akron.