Sept. 29, 2012
CHICAGO - Nick Matthews tallied his team-leading third game-winning goal of the season as No. 15/19 St. John's used a two-goal first half to defeat DePaul, 2-0, in BIG EAST action. Brandon Savino added two assists for his first-career collegiate points, while Andres Vargas also added a goal to lead St. John's (7-1-3, 1-1-0). Rafael Diaz made one save to post his fifth shutout of the season for the Red Storm. Eric Sorby made seven saves in goal for DePaul (3-6-1, 0-2-0).
"I was really proud of the way we started today," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "We had great energy and ball movement and created some really good chances in the first half, and I am very happy with the result because it is always tough to get BIG EAST wins on the road."
St. John's had the first scoring chance of the game in just the 3rd minute as a centering pass through the box ended up on the foot of Jordan Rouse, but his shot attempt went off the crossbar.
The Red Storm used the right flank to set up another scoring opportunity in the 10th minute as Rouse sent a pass into the box for Vargas, who fired just wide of the right post. Vargas later intercepted a pass from the DePaul keeper in the 12th minute to set up another shot, but Sorby followed up his errant pass with a save.
Following another save by Sorby in the 14th minute, St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute. Savino began the play in the midfield with a long forward pass into the offensive third. Matthews chased after the ball and raced past a defender before sending a chip past an oncoming keeper and into the back of the net.
DePaul, meanwhile, was held without a shot until an effort from Antonio Aguilar in the 20th minute went wide.
A shot by Jack Bennett was saved in the 36th minute before St. John's tacked on a goal less than 30 seconds later to grab a 2-0 lead. Savino, who also set up the first goal of the game, sent a pass to Vargas, who beat Sorby with a 20-yard shot inside the right post.
DePaul took its second shot of the game in the 45th minute, but an attempt by Michael Stankiewicz went off the crossbar and St. John's took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Nearly 20 minutes elapsed in the second half before St. John's registered the first shot of the period for either team in the 64th minute. A centering pass from the right flank set up a header for Matthews at that far post that was tipped past the endline by Sorby.
St. John's went quickly back on the attack and Daniel Herrera pushed a shot through the box and just wide of the right post in the 67th minute.
DePaul was held without a shot on goal until the 69th minute as Joe Brinckwirth had a shot saved by Diaz. The Blue Demons had another attempt in the 81st minute, but a shot by Ray De Leon missed wide left.
St. John's had a great scoring chance in the 86th minute as a foul in the box resulted in a penalty kick. Herrera stepped to the spot and sent a shot to the left, but Sorby made a diving save to prevent the Red Storm from adding to its 2-0 lead.
DePaul had one final opportunity as a Red Storm foul just outside of the box set up a free kick from 19-yards out. The attempt was blocked by the wall, however, and Bennett brought the rebound all the way to the other end of the field to close out the 2-0 victory.
St. John's returns to action on Oct. 3, taking on Villanova at 7:30 p.m. to open a two-game homestand.