Oct. 26, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - A goal from Marco Bordon just 34 seconds into the game proved to be the difference as Rafael Diaz tied the program-record with his 30th shutout and St. John's defeated Butler, 1-0. The eighth different goal-scorer this season for St. John's (8-6-2, 1-4-2), Bordon also became the fifth different player to tally a game-winner. Sean Sepe added an assist, while Diaz made two saves for his seventh shutout this season. Jon Dawson stopped six shots in goal for Butler (9-6-1, 3-4-0).
"Butler has had some great results this year and is tough at home, so we knew this was going to be a difficult matchup," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "The quick goal from Marco [Bordon] gave our whole team a boost and we were able to grind out a nice result on the road."
St. John's set the tone immediately with a goal just 34 seconds into the game. After intercepting a Butler clearance, Sepe sent a pass to Bordon on the right side of the field. Bordon quickly broke free and sent an 18-yard blast from the right edge of the box into the left corner for the early 1-0 lead.
The Red Storm kept the pressure on the Bulldogs as a corner kick in the 5th minute set up a shot from Gabriel Camara that went wide of the target.
Butler tried to answer in the 7th minute, but Diaz pushed a shot by Vincent Mitchell past the endline and the Bulldogs could not take advantage of the ensuing corner kick.
Neither team had another shot until a Butler effort from Jordan Burt went high in the 23rd minute. The Bulldogs followed with a shot by Jeff Adkins in the 25th minute, but it was blocked by the defense.
St. John's then went back on the attack as Sepe had a shot saved by Dawson in the 26th minute of action. A Red Storm corner kick followed in the 27th minute and created a header for Camara that was also saved by Dawson.
The Red Storm continued to use corner kicks to create opportunities. After a corner kick in the 31st minute set up a shot by Jimmy Mulligan that sailed high, another corner kick in the 33rd minute created a shot for Danny Bedoya that also missed high.
St. John's had one more scoring chance in the 42nd minute, but a shot by Daniel Herrera was saved by Dawson and the Red Storm took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Red Storm tried to follow up its quick first half goal with a quick score in the second half, but a shot from Danny Bedoya just 53 seconds into the frame was saved by Dawson.
The shots continued to add up as Herrera fired wide in the 50th minute before Bedoya missed wide in both the 56th and 58th minutes.
Butler added its second and final shot on goal of the game in the 73rd minute, but Diaz stopped a shot from Mitchell. David Goldsmith missed wide in the 75th minute and Jordan Burt pushed a header wide in the 77th minute to conclude a quick flurry of action from the Bulldogs.
The Red Storm tested Dawson again in the 79th minute, but a shot by Sepe was stopped by the Butler goalkeeper. Sepe fired on-target again in the 86th minute, but Dawson made his sixth save of the game.
Butler had one final chance in the 90th minute, but a shot from Austin Oldham missed wide and St. John's took the 1-0 victory.
St. John's returns to action at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, hosting No. 9 Georgetown in a Senior Night game at Belson Stadium.