St. John’s Tops LIU Brooklyn, 1-0, to Close Exhibition Play|
Aug. 19, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Closing out the exhibition portion of its schedule on Saturday night at Belson Stadium, the Red Storm used a 78th minute goal from Matt Forster to break a scoreless tie and pick up its second victory of the preseason, 1-0, over LIU Brooklyn.
Harry Cooksley, who led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with six assists last season, picked up a helper on Forster’s tally.
“LIU Brooklyn has really turned into one of the top teams in their conference,” said Head Coach Dr. Dave Masur. “They went to the NCAA Tournament two years ago and they certainly were a physical side and a technical side and they played some good football tonight. They were a lot to handle and I thought they probably got the best of us in the first half and in the second half we did much better which was nice to see. We had a lot of guys contribute and come off the bench again and that has to continue.”
Following a diving stop by Andrew Withers in the 22nd minute to keep the match scoreless, the Red Storm registered its first shot on goal in the 23rd, as Alistair Johnston threaded a through-ball to Forster in front, who flicked it on target but saw his try turned away by the LIU keeper.
The Red Storm would send two more shots on target over the remainder of the first half, but neither yielded a goal as St. John’s and LIU Brooklyn entered the intermission knotted at zero.
Following the break, the Red Storm maintained a distinct advantage in the possession game, but failed to find the back of the net. The Johnnies’ best chance came in the 64th minute, when an impressive individual effort by Jordan Shankle resulted in an LIU handball that gave the Red Storm a free kick just outside the box. Cooksley delivered a strike that sailed just high of the crossbar, preserving the scoreless tie.
Cooksley found himself with another great chance in the 72nd minute, ripping a shot toward the upper right corner of the cage that was snagged by a diving LIU Brooklyn keeper.
After a series of narrowly missed chances, the Red Storm finally broke through in the 78th minute, as Forster and Cooksley orchestrated a brilliant sequence to put the Red Storm ahead 1-0. Entering the attacking zone with possession, Forster played it out on the right side to the always-dangerous Cooksley, who drew the attention of the defenders before sending it back into the box for Forster, who headed it home and gave the Red Storm the late advantage.
The Red Storm will officially kick off the 2017 season on Friday night, traveling to Philadelphia to take on Drexel at 7:30 p.m.