QUEENS, N.Y. – Following the team’s longest road swing, the St. John’s University men return home to Belson Stadium Saturday, playing host to Marquette University.
The contest is the first game of a doubleheader with the women’s soccer team, who will take on Seton Hall University at 8 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. Ralph Bednarczyk and Glenn Crooks will be on the call from Belson Stadium.
The Johnnies come home looking to recapture some of their momentum from mid-September, a period that saw the team go unbeaten in five successive games, including four consecutive victories, from Sept. 9-23. That stretch was capped with the Red Storm’s signature win of the season to date, a 3-0 drubbing of Xavier University at Belson Sept. 23. The Johnnies are 3-1-1 in home games with a goals-against average of 0.38 and three clean sheets.
Saturday’s contest with the Golden Eagles will signal the midway mark of conference play for the Johnnies, the fifth of a nine-game league slate. The Red Storm ranks third in the Big East standings with seven points, trailing only two nationally ranked foes in No. 9 Georgetown and No. 20 Butler. Xavier, Villanova and Seton Hall sit in a three-way tie for fourth place behind the Johnnies, as each team sports a 2-2 conference record.
Since returning to the Red Storm lineup after missing nearly a month with an ankle injury, Harry Cooksley appears to have quickly regained his old form that saw him earn first team All-Big East honors in 2016. After registering one shot in 48 minutes of action during his return at Butler, Cooksley recorded both of the Red Storm’s tallies in a 2-2 draw with Creighton Friday evening, his first career multi-goal game in Division I. Four days later against Princeton University, the senior from London put five of his team-high seven shots on target to lead the offensive attack for St. John’s.
Marquette enters Saturday’s match with a 1-8-2 record, including a 1-2-1 mark in conference action following a 2-2 draw with Providence College last weekend in Milwaukee. Four Golden Eagles have scored multiple goals, led by redshirt junior Grant Owens with three tallies in nine appearances. Marquette has struggled to keep its opponents off the board, compiling a GAA of 2.08 that ranks last in the conference.
St. John’s and Marquette have met seven times since the Golden Eagles joined the Big East in 2005 as each team has forged a 2-2-3 mark. The two squads have played to a scoreless draw in their past two meetings and three of the last four contests.