QUEENS, N.Y. — The St. John’s University men buried two goals within the span of four minutes, pulling away from Temple University as the Johnnies recorded their first home victory of the season, 2-0, at Belson Stadium Saturday night.
Alistair Johnston scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 70th minute, while Matt Forster added an insurance goal for the Red Storm (2-2-1) in the 74th. The sophomores each found the back of the net for the second time this season. Freshman Leo Donnellan picked up his first collegiate point, assisting on Forster’s tally.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Withers registered his third shutout in five matches, lowering his goal- against average to 0.38 while increasing his save percentage to .900.
“I thought overall it was a good team performance against an organized, physical side with good veteran leadership,” St. John’s head coach Dr. Dave Masur said.
Masur pointed that a number of Johnnies contributed to the winning effort, especially in the second half.
“I think Jack Shearer came in and did a good job as the center forward,” he said. “Alistair was fantastic, as were Matt [Forster] and Rafael Bustamante. But we got great, great performances from guys like Andrea Previati, Ben Roth and Jean Leveille coming off the bench along with Leo [Donnellan] and Zakarias Fridriksson. Everyone contributed and it was nice to see that.”
Johnston’s goal came on his first career penalty kick, a play that was set up after Forster was pulled down on a breakaway in the box by a defender. The sophomore from Aurora, Ont. delivered a forceful right-footed strike into the back left corner of the net, putting his team on the board.
Less than four minutes later, the Johnnies bumped their advantage to 2-0 following a skillful sequence from two Englishmen. Possessing the ball near midfield in front of the scorer’s table, Donnellan sent a pass down the right side for a streaking Forster, who dribbled toward the net before chipping a left-footed try past the keeper.
The Owls put forth one final push, but the Red Storm defense kept them at bay.
The Red Storm closes out its longest homestand of the season with a 7 p.m. Tuesday showdown against UC Santa Barbara.