Nov. 2, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Playing with 10 men for the final 47:58 as a result of a red card just before halftime, St. John's blanked No. 5 Georgetown, the highest-scoring BIG EAST team, and notched a 1-0 Senior Night victory courtesy of a Miguel Alves game-winner in the 71st minute. Rafael Diaz made three saves for his eighth shutout of the season to help lead St. John's (9-6-2, 2-4-2), while Daniel Herrera assisted on the Alves winner. The clean sheet for Diaz also gave the senior goalkeeper a new program-record with 31 career shutouts. Tomas Gomez made four saves in goal for Georgetown (12-4-1, 5-2-1).
"At halftime I just told the guys to stay together and remember their roles," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "We knew our opportunities would come, but we had to have the confidence to hold the ball and move forward even though we were a man down."
While St. John's earned a corner kick in the 8th minute, neither team registered a shot until the 18th minute when Diaz made a diving stop to push an Alex Muyl shot past the endline for a Georgetown corner kick.
St. John's was held without a shot until the 21st minute, but also put its first attempt on-target as Jimmy Mulligan had a shot saved by Gomez.
The Red Storm had another chance in the 26th minute as a Jordan Rouse shot from inside the 18-yard box was blocked by the defense.
St. John's had a good scoring chance on a counter-attack in the 34th minute when Gabriel Camara worked the ball from the defensive third all the way into the box before his shot attempt was deflected past the endline by an onrushing defender. The ensuing corner kick set up a shot for Sean Sepe, but Gomez made the save.
Georgetown collected just its second shot of the game in the 38th minute, but an effort from Muyl sailed high.
St. John's continued to test Gomez, but the keeper stopped a Bedoya effort in the 40th minute to keep the game scoreless.
The game was still scoreless in the 43rd minute when St. John's was issued a red card and was reduced to playing with 10 men for the remainder of the game.
Georgetown had the first scoring chance of the second half as defender Joshua Yaro made a run into the offensive third before firing high in the 47th minute. The Hoyas continued to pressure as a corner kick in the 56th minute created a shot for Keegan Rosenberry that was blocked by the defense.
The Hoyas put a shot on goal in the 62nd minute, but Diaz stopped the effort from Steve Neumann.
St. John's was off-target on its next two attempts as Danny Bedoya missed high in the 63rd minute before Herrera also missed high on a shot from distance in the 64th minute.
St. John's was then able to find the back of the net in the 71st minute. After Camara moved the ball from the backline into the midfield, Herrera passed the ball out to Alves on the left side of the field. Alves then brought the ball up towards the corner of the box and took a touch towards the middle of the field before unleashing a low strike past Gomez and inside the right post.
The Hoyas earned back-to-back corner kicks in the 77th minute, but could not create a shot on either chance.
Georgetown then had another opportunity in the 80th minute, but Diaz made a diving save to push a shot by Muyl past the endline.
The Hoyas continued to push forward and had a great look for an equalizer in the 82nd minute as Allen rolled a shot past an onrushing Diaz, but it missed just wide at the near post.
St. John's had one more chance to extend its lead in the 85th minute, but Gomez saved a shot from Bedoya as the Red Storm secured the 1-0 win.
St. John's concludes regular season play on the road with a 3 p.m. game on Nov. 8 against Seton Hall.