Golden Goal Lifts No. 18/22 St. John's Past Yale, 2-1

REDSTORMSPORTS.COM Pablo Battuto Punyed tallied the equalizer for St. John's. in the 65th minute.
Pablo Battuto Punyed tallied the equalizer for St. John's. in the 65th minute.

Sept. 28, 2010

Box Score

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.


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