Sept. 28, 2010
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After using a corner kick to set up the equalizer, the No. 18/22 St. John's men's soccer team used another corner kick, their 14th of the game, to set up the golden goal less than one minute into overtime and defeat Yale, 2-1. The game-winner was credited as an own goal. Pablo Battuto Punyed tallied a goal, while Jordan Rouse and Sverre Wegge Gundhus each had an assist to lead St. John's (6-2-0). Rafael Diaz made three saves for the Red Storm. Andy Hackbarth scored on a penalty kick and Bobby Thalman made seven saves to pace Yale (1-7-1).
"This was a great team victory against a very organized, tough opponent," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "Our guys really worked hard to earn a comeback victory on the road."
Yale had the first opportunity of the game, but a header by Charlie Neil went wide in just the 2nd minute.
The first chance for St. John's came following a corner kick in the 5th minute. The ensuing shot by John Tardy, however, was saved.
A blocked Tadeu Terra shot in the 11th minute set up the first of three-consecutive corner kicks, but the Red Storm could not convert.
Yale had the next chance in the 17th minute as Andy Hackbarth missed wide left on a free kick effort from 30-yards out.
St. John's followed with a pair of quality scoring chance. Sverre Wegge Gundhus broke free for a shot in the 25th minute, but the effort from 12-yards out went off the right post. Kyle Hoffer then fired a shot on net in the 26th minute, but Thalman made the save.
Yale, however, took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. The Bulldogs were awarded a penalty kick after a handball in the box and Hackbarth stepped up to the spot and converted.
The Red Storm had the next chance in the 42nd minute as Andres Vargas sent a shot on goal, but Thalman saved the effort.
Diaz made a pair of saves in the closing minutes of the first half to keep it a 1-0 game at the break. After a great diving save in the 44th minute, the keeper stopped a Hackbarth shot in the 45th minute.
St. John's earned two more corner kicks before putting together a great scoring chance after a Yale foul in the 56th minute. A long cross from Terra set up a close-range shot for Adam Himeno, but Thalman made the save.
Following another Red Storm corner kick, the 11th of the game, St. John's tied the game at 1-1 in the 65th minute. After passes from Wegge Gundhus and Rouse, Battuto Punyed blasted a shot past the keeper from 20-yards out to even the score.
Battuto Punyed quickly followed with another effort in the 66th minute, but a save by Thalman kept the score tied.
St. John's kept the offensive pressure on Yale and had another great chance in the 74th minute, but a blast by Jimmy Mulligan from 15-yards out went off the crossbar.
The Red Storm had a pair of good chances in the closing minutes of regulation. A corner kick in the 87th minute set up a header by Battuto Punyed that went wide before Wegge Gundhus had a shot saved by Thalman in the 90th minute and the game headed into overtime.
The Red Storm got to work quickly in overtime as Jimmy Mulligan had a shot saved just 24 seconds into extra time. On the ensuing corner kick, the Red Storm's 14th of the game, an own goal gave St. John's the 2-1 win less than one minute into the extra period.
St. John's returns to action at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2, traveling to No. 6 Louisville for a BIG EAST Red Division showdown.