Herrera Nets Equalizer As No. 9/7 St. John's Battles DePaul To 2-2 Draw|
Sept. 28, 2013
CHICAGO - Trailing 2-1 at halftime after having an early lead erased by a pair of setpiece goals, No. 9/7 St. John's battled back and earned a 2-2 draw on the road at DePaul courtesy of a Daniel Herrera equalizer in the 79th minute. Sean Sepe netted his team-leading fourth goal of the season to help lead St. John's (5-2-1, 0-1-1) and Rafael Diaz made two saves. Koray Yesilli and Jake Rawlings each scored for DePaul (3-4-2, 0-0-1), while Eric Sorby made six saves in goal.
"Obviously getting the early goal on the road against a physical DePaul squad was a nice start for us, but it was certainly disappointing to give up two setpiece goals and find ourselves trailing at halftime," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "We got the equalizer, but we weren't able to capitalize on some of our chances towards the end of the second half and particularly in the first overtime."
DePaul had the first scoring chance of the game as Kevin Beyer was able to roll a shot towards goal from just outside of the box in the 3rd minute, but Diaz made the save.
St. John's answered by converting its first scoring chance of the game and taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Sepe in the 7th minute. After a long forward pass into the box, Sepe gained control and went to his left and towards the endline. Sepe then stopped and took a cut back towards goal before tucking a five-yard shot inside the post to give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead.
A foul near the right corner of the 18-yard box helped DePaul grab the equalizer in the 18th minute of play. Beyer sent the ensuing free kick towards the far post and Yesilli sent a header into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
The Red Storm looked to respond in the 30th minute, but a shot by Sepe was saved by Sorby. Another on-target effort by Brandon Savino was saved in the 42nd minute as the game remained tied.
The Blue Demons, however, took advantage of another setpiece in the 44th minute to regain the lead. This time it was a corner kick taken by Art Garza that resulted in a header by Rawlings that got past Diaz at the near post to give DePaul a 2-1 lead at halftime.
St. John's created pressure early in the second half of action as Jamie Thomas forced Sorby to make a save in the 52nd minute before Sepe had a shot saved by the keeper in the 55th minute.
DePaul had only one shot on goal in the second half as a Simon Megally shot in the 65th minute was saved by Diaz.
St. John's continued to work for the equalizer and Mulligan fired a shot on-target in the 72nd minute, but Sorby tipped it past the endline for a corner kick.
The continuous effort paid off in the 79th minute as St. John's found the equalizer courtesy of a great strike from Herrera. After gaining possession in the midfield, Herrera worked his way straight up the middle of the field before uncorking a 30-yard blast that dipped below the crossbar and leveled the score at 2-2.
Now looking for a lead, St. John's continued to pressure DePaul as Mulligan pushed a shot high in the 80th minute. Another effort from Mulligan sailed high in the 87th minute and the game went into overtime.
St. John's worked quickly in an effort to get the golden goal as Sepe found himself behind the defense after a nice run down the left sideline, but a shot from inside the box was smothered by Sorby in the 92nd minute.
The Red Storm had another great chance at the winner in the 98th minute, but a header from Jordan Rouse went off the crossbar and the game went to a second overtime.
Neither team had a shot in the second overtime until Megally tried to beat the final whistle with a 45-yard blast that was well off the mark as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
St. John's returns to action and concludes a three-game road trip with a non-conference matchup against FDU at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1.