Nov. 21, 2013
NEWARK, Del. - Forced into overtime after surrendering a goal with just 1:35 left in regulation, St. John's responded as Jordan Rouse netted the golden goal in the 99th minute to send St. John's into the NCAA Tournament Second Round with a 2-1 win on the road against Delaware. Gabriel Camara became the 13th different player to score a goal for St. John's (11-6-2) this season, while Danny Bedoya and Jelani Williams each added an assist, and Rafael Diaz made eight saves in goal. Guillermo Delgado scored a goal to pace Delaware (14-5-1) and Borja Barbero made three saves.
"That was a heck of a soccer game and we're very happy to be leaving with a win," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "Delaware is a very organized and attack-oriented team and we were well aware of their ability to score goals in bunches. It's always tough to give up such a late goal and I am proud of the way our guys regrouped and kept working for the winner."
Delaware had the first scoring chance of the game in the 5th minute as a quick counter attack up the left sideline set up a close range Roberto Gimenez shot that was blocked.
The Blue Hens continued to pressure and earned a corner kick in the 17th minute, but a rolling shot by Kyle Nuel from the top of the box was scooped up by Diaz.
St. John's then took advantage of its first corner kick attempt and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute. Bedoya sent the ball in towards the top of the box for Camara, who blasted a volley into the upper right corner for the early lead.
The Red Storm had another good look in the 23rd minute as Bedoya worked in behind the defense and redirected a forward pass with a flick towards the right post that missed just wide.
Delaware went back on the attack in the 38th minute and Delgado curled a shot towards the right post that Diaz was able to corral for the save.
The Blue Hens tested Diaz again just 30 seconds later as Nuel found space in the middle of the field and sent a blast on-target, but the senior keeper kept Delaware off the board with another save.
The back-and-forth offensive flow continued as a foul set up a Red Storm free kick in the 41st minute. Daniel Herrera took the 25-yard effort and Barbero made a diving stop to tip the low shot past the endline. The ensuing corner created a shot for Miguel Alves from the top of the box that was blocked by the defense.
Delaware had one last chance in the 43rd minute as Delgado ripped a blast at Diaz, who snared it for his fourth save of the half and St. John's took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Neither team registered a shot in the second half until the 56th minute when Diaz deflected an effort from the right by Gimenez. The rebound ended up just outside the top of the 18-yard box, but a blast from Prince Nartey was well high.
St. John's was held without a shot in the second half until the 65th minute when Josh Godec earned a corner kick after a quick run up the left sideline. The corner set up a tight angle shot from Bedoya that was saved by Barbero.
The Blue Hens had a great look in the 88th minute as Jaime Martinez unleashed a rising blast, but Diaz was able to tip the ball over the crossbar.
The ensuing corner kick was knocked out-of-bounds, but Delaware was able to take advantage of the second corner kick opportunity to tie the game with just 1:35 left in regulation. Nartey sent the corner towards the far post and Mark Garrity headed the ball down for Delgado, who snuck a shot inside the left post to tie the game.
St. John's had one last look for the winner as a Delaware foul along the left sideline gave the Red Storm a free kick in the 90th minute. The free kick from Cody Albrecht found Rouse in the box, but a close range shot was saved by Barbero and the game headed into overtime tied at 1-1.
Delaware had the first shot of overtime, but a blast from Dieter Bahr in the 92nd minute was well high.
St. John's, however, took advantage of its first scoring chance in overtime as Rouse found the back of the net in the 99th minute following a scrum in the box. A ball played into the box from the left found Rouse before the ball was knocked around and ended up at the feet of Williams towards the middle of the box. A touch from Williams ended up back at the feet of Rouse, who then cleaned up the loose ball and beat Barbero for the golden goal.
St. John's will now travel to Charlottesville to play eighth-seeded Virginia in a Second Round game at 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.