Senior defender Jack Bennett.
Nov. 16, 2012
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QUEENS, N.Y. - Despite a strong second half that included a 9-4 advantage in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks, St. John's could not overcome a halftime deficit and was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson in the First Round. Rafael Diazmade three saves for St. John's (10-5-4), which was appearing in its fourth NCAA Tournament in the past five years and 19th overall. Antony Moore scored the game-winner in the 36th minute to lead FDU (10-5-6), while Jacob Lissek made four saves to post the shutout.
"FDU has always had a very strong program and we knew this was going to be a tough game," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "We had our chances, but credit their defense for making the plays in the final third to keep us from finding the back of net."
St. John's had perhaps its best opportunity of the game in just the 11th minute as Brandon Savinofound open space inside the 18-yard box. Savino took a shot from 12-yards out, but Lissek sprawled out for the save.
An FDU foul then set up a Red Storm free kick from 25-yards out in the 12th minute, but the effort from Jimmy Mulliganwas blocked by the FDU wall.
Following a blocked attempt in the 12th minute, the Knights had their first shot on goal in the 17th minute as Jeffrey Barrenechea worked up the right flank before sending in a shot that was easily saved by Diaz.
The Knights, however, got on the board in the 36th minute. After a shot by Jan Aubert from the top of the 18-yard box was blocked by the defense, Moore collected the rebound and one-timed a 15-yard blast into the top corner to give FDU a 1-0 advantage.
A shot by Jack Bennettwas saved by Lissek in the 38th minute and FDU led 1-0 at halftime.
The second half barrage from St. John's began with a corner kick from Danny Bedoyain the 49th minute.
FDU followed with a corner kick from a blocked shot in the 50th minute, but could not create any additional chances.
St. John's then countered with a few of its own scoring chances. After a Bennett shot was blocked out of bounds in the 55th minute, the ensuing corner kick set up a Sean Sepeshot that was blocked from the flank in the 56th minute.
The Red Storm continued to put the pressure on the Knights as Bedoya fired a shot that Lissek pushed out of bounds in the 64th minute for another St. John's corner kick, but no shots were created.
The Knights then countered as Anders Vest-Hansen forced Diaz to make a save in the 66th minute that resulted in a corner kick, but the effort was cleared.
A St. John's corner kick opened up a flurry of activity in the 71st minute. The corner kick set up a Bedoya shot that was blasted over the crossbar, but the Red Storm quickly regained possession. After a side volley from Andres Vargas was blocked in the 73rd minute, Jelani Williamsfired a rebound attempt high. St. John's again was able to regain possession, but Mulligan had a shot blocked in the 75th minute.
A blocked Daniel Herrera shot in the 86th minute led to a quick rebound attempt for Nick Matthews, but Lissek made his fourth save of the game to keep the Red Storm off the board.
St. John's earned one more corner kick in the 88th minute, but could not create another shot and FDU held on for the 1-0 win.