Prosuk Nets Pair As St. John’s Blanks DePaul, 2-0|
Oct. 31, 2015
CHICAGO - Freshman Mike Prosuk scored twice to record his first-career multi-goal game as St. John’s surged past DePaul, 2-0. Jordan Stagmiller registered an assist and made six saves to post his fifth shutout of the season for St. John’s (4-10-3, 2-4-2). Marcus Lindqvist and Filippo Ricupati also registered assists for the Red Storm. Mack Robinson made four saves for DePaul (4-12-1, 3-4-1).
The multi-goal game for Prosuk was the first for a Red Storm player since Marco Bordon scored twice at Providence on Oct. 18, 2014. The assist for Stagmiller, meanwhile, marked the second of the keeper’s career.
“We’ve battled through a number of tight games and our guys have continued to show their resilience, determination and willingness to keep fighting,” said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. “I thought we set the tone with a good start and then the game really opened up, a bit more than your typical BIG EAST match.”
St. John’s quickly went on the attack as Prosuk had a header saved by Robinson in just the 2nd minute of action.
The Red Storm kept on the attack as Luis Esteves missed wide in the 8th minute before Ricupati also missed wide in the 10th minute. Prosuk then tested Robinson less than one minute later, but the keeper made the stop.
St. John’s continued creating opportunities as a Ricupati shot was deflected over the crossbar for a corner kick opportunity in the 11th minute.
DePaul was held without a shot until the 13th minute when Stagmiller made a save on a shot from Erik Rodriquez. The Blue Demons maintained possession and Jake Scheper also had a shot saved by Stagmiller.
The shots kept accumulating for the Red Storm as Marti Tapia had an attempt saved by Robinson in the 14th minute. Tapia then missed wide in the 15th minute.
The Blue Demons followed with a pair of chances, but Stagmiller saved a shot from Kevin Beyer in the 23rd minute before diving to stop a Jalen Harvey attempt in the 26th minute.
Back at the other end, Lindqvist had a shot blocked in the 31st minute before a Gabriel Camara shot through the box missed wide in the 32nd minute.
The continuous pressure paid off in the 35th minute as St. John’s grabbed a 1-0 lead. Lindqvist started the play with a cross into the box from just inside the left sideline. The cross found Prosuk, who sent a header inside the left post for the advantage.
St. John’s had one final attempt in the opening half, but Esteves missed wide in the 40th minute and the Red Storm led 1-0 at the break.
DePaul had the first chances of the second half as a blocked Harvey shot in the 54th minute set up a quick follow-up attempt by Rodriguez that was saved by Stagmiller.
St. John’s promptly worked back up the field and Prosuk missed wide less than one minute later. Prosuk tested Robinson again with a header in the 62nd minute, but the keeper made the save.
The Red Storm continued to attack as Ricupati had a shot blocked in the 70th minute and Prosuk missed wide in the 71st minute.
DePaul went back the other way and George Moushi had a shot blocked past the endline in the 73rd minute for a corner kick, but the Blue Demons could not take advantage.
St. John’s tacked on an insurance goal in the 87th minute as Prosuk netted his second goal of the game. After corralling a DePaul corner kick attempt, Stagmiller sent a deep punt down the field. Ricupati was on the receiving end and one-touched the ball ahead and into the box. Faced with a one-on-one against a charging Robinson, Prosuk slotted a shot past the keeper for his second goal.
St. John’s concludes regular season play on Nov. 5 with a 7 p.m. road game against Providence (BEDN).