Late Goals Lift St. John's Past Temple, 2-0|
Sept. 9, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - With the scoreboard showing zeros and just over 20 minutes to play in regulation, St. John's buried two goals in the span of just four minutes, pulling away from Temple, 2-0, for the Johnnies' first home win of the season on Saturday night at Belson Stadium.
Alistair Johnston scored the game winner on a penalty kick in the 70th minute, while Matt Forster added an insurance goal for the Johnnies (2-2-1) in the 74th. The sophomores each found the back of the net for the second time this season. Freshman Leo Donnellan picked up his first collegiate point, assisting on Forster's tally.
Redshirt junior Andrew Withers registered his third shutout in just five tries on the season, lowering his goal against average to 0.38 while bumping his save percentage to .900.
"I thought overall it was a good team performance against an organized, physical side with good veteran leadership," said Head Coach Dr. Dave Masur following the game.
While it was the names of Johnston, Forster and Withers that came up big on the scoresheet, Masur pointed out after the game that a number of Johnnies contributed to the winning effort, especially in the second half.
"I think Jack Shearer came in and did a good job as the center forward," commented Masur. "Alistair [Johnston] was fantastic, as were Matt [Forster] and Rafael Bustamante. But we got great, great performances from guys like Andrea Previati, Ben Roth and Jean Leveille coming off the bench along with Leo [Donnellan] and Zakarias Fridriksson. Everyone contributed and it was nice to see that."
Johnston's goal came on his first career penalty kick, a play that was set up after Forster was pulled down on a breakaway in the box by an Owl defender. The sophomore from Aurora, Ont., stepped to the spot and delivered a forceful right-footed strike into the back left corner of the net, putting his team on the board with time winding down in the latter stanza.
Less than four minutes later, the Johnnies bumped their advantage to a pair following a skillful sequence from a couple of young and promising English talents. Possessing the ball near midfield in front of the scorer's table, Donnellan sent a perfect pass down the right side for a streaking Forster, who corralled the ball and dribbled toward the net before chipping a left-footed try past the keeper to put the Red Storm on top 2-0.
The Owls put forth one final push, but the Red Storm defensive unit managed to keep Temple at bay and helped the team pick up its second win of the season.
The Red Storm returns to action on Tuesday night, closing out its longest homestand of the year with a 7 p.m. showdown against UC Santa Barbara.