Sep 7, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Exactly one week after scoring the game-winning goal in the season-opener, Jimmy Mulligan buried a penalty kick in the 106th minute to net the golden goal and lift No. 23/17 St. John's to a 2-1 win against No. 5/9 Akron in front of 1,533 fans at Belson Stadium. Josh Godec added his first-career goal to help lead St. John's (2-1-0), while Rafael Diaz made three saves. Eric Stevenson scored the lone goal for Akron (2-1-0)Eric Stevenson scored the lone goal for Akron (2-1-0), which had a 19-game unbeaten streak (17-0-2) snapped with its first loss since Sept. 9, 2012.
"Akron is a tough team to defend against because they move the ball well and have a lot of quickness, but they are also quite physical," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "Our back line did a great job of holding their offense at bay for large stretches of the game and Rafael made some big saves for us tonight."
St. John's earned a corner kick in the 5th minute, but neither team registered a shot until the 15th minute when Akron had an off-target effort from Aodhan Quinn.
The first shot on goal for either team did not come until the 32nd minute when Diaz stopped a Stevenson effort and then followed that up with a save on a shot by Quinn in the 34th minute.
Though Akron had a 5-1 advantage in shots in the first half, St. John's had perhaps the best scoring chance shortly before halftime. A corner kick from Mulligan in the 40th minute found Gabriel Camara at the far post, but his close-range header was stopped by Pina and the game remained scoreless at the break.
The Zips had two off-target attempts early in the second half before taking a 1-0 lead in the 71st minute. After a pass from Ismail Seremba, Stevenson found himself in space at the top of the box and tucked a low 20-yard blast inside the left post.
St. John's waited just 2:57 to respond as Godec leveled the game at 1-1 with his first-career goal in the 74th minute. After working the ball into the right corner, Jelani Williams rolled a centering pass into the box. Godec beat his man towards the near post and slid a shot past Pina and into the back of the net.
Cody Albrecht fired a shot from distance in the 83rd minute, but the effort was right at Pina and the game remained tied.
Akron had the final chance of regulation as Robbie Derschang fired a laser towards Diaz, but the keeper made a diving stop and quickly covered up to send the game into overtime.
Each team had only one shot in the first overtime, but both were great chances. In an effort that was eerily similar to his game-winner last week against NJIT, Mulligan had a curling shot from the top of the box miss just wide of the right post in the 95th minute. On the other end, Reinaldo Brenes worked his way up the middle of the field before unleashing a blast that sliced sharply and sailed wide.
The Red Storm had a pair of chances in the 105th minute. After an attempt by Mulligan from just inside the box was blocked, a quick Jamie Thomas rebound attempt was saved by Pina.
St. John's, however, got its game-winner in the 106th minute. Tim Parker worked the ball up the left side of the field and into the box before being taken down by an Akron defender and earning a penalty kick. Mulligan then stepped to the spot and beat Pina with a shot just right of center for the golden goal.
St. John's continues its homestand on Sept. 8 with a 7 p.m. game against Penn State.