Nov. 7, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - Kyle Hoffer scored his second-career game-winning goal as St. John's used a trio of second half goals to defeat Rutgers, 3-0, and advance to the BIG EAST Semifinals in Morgantown, W. Va. John Tardy tallied a goal and an assist, Nelson Becerra had a goal, and Sverre Wegge Gundhus added two assists to lead St. John's (8-2-8). Derby Carrillo made one save to post his ninth shutout of the season. Alex Morgans made one save in goal for Rutgers (9-10-0).
"Rutgers is a talented and well-coached team," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "We had contributions from everybody on the field tonight and that helped us win the game."
St. John's had the first chance of the game as Pablo Punyed fired a shot wide just 18 second into the contest.
The Scarlet Knights had a pair of chances in the 4th minute, but shots by Yannick Salmon and Dan Parr were blocked by the defense.
The Red Storm nearly capitalized on a corner kick in the 18th minute, but a header by Hoffer went just wide.
Connor Lade added an off-target shot in the 29th minute and the game remained scoreless at halftime.
St. John's tested Morgans for the first time in the 52nd minute, but the keeper stopped an attempt by Walter Hines.
In the 69th minute, though, St. John's would take a 1-0 lead. After receiving a pass from Wegge Gundhus, Tardy sent a ball to Hoffer at the top of box. Hoffer took one touch and drilled a shot that bounced off the crossbar and straight down past the goal line.
The Red Storm went up 2-0 in the 73rd minute when Tardy tallied his first-career goal in a St. John's uniform. After playing a give-and-go with Wegge Gundhus, Tardy found himself in a one-on-one with the keeper and buried a shot from 12-yards out.
Rutgers tried to get on the board in the 77th minute, but Carrillo made a save on a shot by Nye Winslow.
Becerra then gave St. John's a 3-0 lead in the 86th minute. After a foul gave the Red Storm a free kick from 19-yards out, Becerra curled a shot into the upper left corner.
St. John's will now face Providence in the BIG EAST Semifinals at 3 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va.
Notes: Hoffer has two goals this season and both are game-winners against Rutgers ... Tardy is the tenth-different player to score a goal this season ... St. John's has outscored the opposition 7-0 in the past three games ... the Red Storm extended its home unbeaten streak to 21 games (17-0-4) ... St. John's also extended its current unbeaten streak to 11 games (6-0-5).