QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s University men will close out their longest road swing of the season, traveling to Princeton University for its final non-conference match of the season Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Johnnies enter the match following a Friday night draw against Creighton, a 2-2 affair that was called in the 81st minute due to lightning in the Omaha, Neb. area. Harry Cooksley scored both Red Storm’s goals, knotting the game at 1-1 on a penalty kick in the 46th minute before finding the back of the net on a pass from Jack Shearer less than 10 minutes later.
The senior from London became the third member of the Red Storm to record a multi-goal game this season, joining Shearer and Alistair Johnston.
With a 2-1-1 Big mark nearing the midway point of conference play, the Red Storm sits in third place. The Johnnies trail two teams, Georgetown and Butler, both of whom are ranked in the top 15 of the United Soccer Coaches poll.
Friday marked the second time this season that the Red Storm has allowed more than one goal in a game. Through games played Sunday, the Red Storm ranks 19th in the nation with a team goals-against average of 0.71 while redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Withers sits at 12th in all of Division I with a .837 save percentage after stopping a season-high eight shots against the Bluejays.
The losers of three of their last four, the Tigers enter the match at 2-6-2 following a 1-0 road loss to Brown University Saturday. Princeton is 1-1 against Big East teams this season, falling to Seton Hall University in extratime, 4-3, Sept. 7 before downing Villanova University, 2-0, Wednesday. Jeremy Colvin, a 6-2 junior from Houston, leads the Tigers with three goals and an assist. Sophomore Jacob Schachner has played every minute in goal, compiling a 1.11 GAA.
St. John’s and Princeton share a series history dating back to 1995 with the Red Storm owning a 5-2-3 record. The two squads have met every year since 2011, including a 3-1 road win for the Red Storm last year Sept. 8. St. John’s has never fallen to the Tigers on the road, sporting a 3-0-2 record at Myslik Field.