Sept. 15, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - One game after scoring his first-career game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against South Carolina, Sean Sepe netted the game-winner again as St. John's posted its fourth-straight win and third-straight shutout with a 1-0 victory against West Virginia. Rafael Diaz made five saves to help lead St. John's (5-1-0), while Jimmy Mulligan added an assist. Lee Johnstson made two saves in goal for West Virginia (3-2-1).
"We knew we were going to have to stay composed and organized tonight because West Virginia is a talented team that has scored a lot this season and likes to get forward," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "Rafael [Diaz] made some big saves for us tonight and the defensive performance was an all-around effort from everybody on the field."
St. John's was prevented from taking a shot after a corner kick in the 4th minute, but used a 9th minute corner kick to create three shots in quick succession. All three shots, however, were blocked as an effort from Casey Osborne and back-to-back shots from Mulligan were stopped by the defense.
West Virginia threatened in the 10th minute as Jay Williams took the ball up the left sideline before entering the box and sending a close-range blast on-target, but Diaz blocked the effort and the defense cleared the rebound.
The Mountaineers followed with a dangerous opportunity in the 15th minute as Andy Bevin raced towards the top of the of the 18-yard box before lifting a chip shot over an oncoming Diaz. The ball rolled towards net, but was cleared by Miguel Alves as it reached the six-yard box.
Another save by Diaz on a shot by Williams in the 23rd minute kept the game scoreless.
St. John's then responded by getting on the board with a goal in the 24th minute. After playing a give-and-go with Mulligan, Sepe received the ball just inside the 18-yard box and squeezed between two defenders before tucking a shot past Johnston and inside the left post.
West Virginia tried to answer immediately as Majed Osman fired a shot on goal in the 26th minute, but Diaz made his fourth save of the opening half.
St. John's went right back the other way as Josh Godec found a seam up the left sideline before unleashing a blast from inside the box in the 27th minute. Johnston, however, was able to tip the shot over the crossbar and the Red Storm was unable to create anything on the ensuing corner kick.
The Red Storm earned its fifth corner kick of the half in the 39th minute, but could not find a shot and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
St. John's worked quickly to start the second half as Godec got loose behind the defense in the 46th minute, but sliced a shot wide across the face of goal.
West Virginia tried to counter with back-to-back corner kick attempts in the 53rd minute, but could only manage one shot that was blocked by the defense.
St. John's followed with back-to-back corner kicks in the 58th minute, but was held without a shot on both attempts.
Danny Bedoya took his turn to extend the lead with an on-target effort in the 74th minute, but Johnston kept it a 1-0 game.
The Mountaineers had one final chance for equalizer in the 89th minute as a St. John's foul setup a free kick from the edge of the box. Bevin sent the free kick into the wall and then wound up for a rebound attempt, but pushed it wide and St. John's ended a four-game homestand with a 1-0 win.
St. John's returns to action and opens BIG EAST play with an 8 p.m. road game against Creighton on Sept. 21.