Esteves Scores Game-Winner As St. John's Defeats Seton Hall, 1-0|
Oct. 3, 2015
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Luis Esteves scored his first-career game-winning goal and Jordan Stagmiller posted his third-straight shutout as St. John’s extended its unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2) with a 1-0 win at Seton Hall. Esteves has now scored in each of the past two games for St. John’s (3-6-2, 1-0-1). Stagmiller made two saves, while Jean Leveille registered his first-career assist. Julian Spindler made four saves for Seton Hall (0-7-1, 0-2-0).
“Seton Hall has a lot of offensive options and likes to push forward so we knew this was going to be a difficult matchup,” said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. “We saw some promising things tonight on offense, but we still have to do a better job of finding ways to create and get forward when we’re playing with the lead.”
A Seton Hall foul set up the first scoring chance for either team in the 12th minute. A dangerous free kick from Leveille was headed towards the upper right corner, but Spindler made the save.
Seton Hall had its first shot in the 13th minute, but an effort from Patrick Burd was wide.
Another Seton Hall foul in the 21st minute created the next quality opportunity for the Red Storm. Esteves took the free kick, but the 25-yard blast was right at Spindler.
St. John’s continued to attack as a deep cross in the 30th minute led to a header for Lucas Fagotti that missed high.
The Pirates missed high with a shot in the 33rd minute and could not take advantage of a corner kick in the 35th minute.
St. John’s opened up its attack in the waning minutes of the first half and earned three corners. The first corner kick in the 41st minute did not create a shot, but St. John’s continued to attack. Another corner in the 44th minute set up a shot for Filippo Ricupati that was blocked past the endline for another corner kick, but no shots were registered and the game remained scoreless at halftime.
The game opened up in the second half as goal-scoring opportunities developed quickly in the early moments. A blocked Seton Hall shot in the 47th minute led to a corner kick, but the Pirates could not capitalize.
St. John’s then began to up the offensive pressure. A header by Devin Morgan in the 48th minute was tipped over the bar by Spindler for a corner kick, but the Red Storm could not convert. The Red Storm soon regained possession and a shot by Mike Prosuk in the 49th minute was also saved by Spindler.
Seton Hall, meanwhile, earned corner kicks in the 56th and 57th minutes, but could not register any shots.
St. John’s broke into the scoring column in the 58th minute after taking advantage of a Seton Hall foul. The long free kick from Leveille was knocked down by Spindler, but Esteves collected the rebound and fired a shot into an empty net to give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead.
Now with the lead, St. John’s continued to pressure into the offensive third. After a header from Prosuk missed wide in the 60th minute, Leveille blasted a long-distance shot off the crossbar in the 61st minute.
Seton Hall, meanwhile, was held without a shot on goal until the 73rd minute when Samuel Geiler had a shot saved by Stagmiller. Geiler had another chance in the 77th minute, but Stagmiller made his second save of the contest.
A Red Storm foul created one final chance for Seton Hall in the 87th minute, but a free kick from Andres Arcila missed high and St. John’s held on for the victory.
St. John’s next travels to Omaha on Oct. 10 for an 8 p.m. game against No. 1 Creighton (BEDN).