QUEENS, N.Y. — After defeating Fairfield University in dramatic fashion at home Friday night, the St. John’s University men will return to action at Belson Stadium, playing host to Lehigh University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN3 with Mike Watts and Glenn Crooks on the call.
Following their win over the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic champions, the Johnnies are off to the program’s best start since 2013. That year, St. John’s began at 5-1.
After being kept off the scoresheet against UC-Santa Barbara in its season opener, the Red Storm has been experiencing an offensive resurgence over the past two games. With six goals, the Red Storm is the first St. John’s team to reach that total in three games since 2012.
Three of those tallies have come from Matt Forster, who has needed only three games to equal his combined career goal total from his freshman and sophomore seasons. A selection to the Big East weekly Honor Roll last Monday, Forster recorded his first collegiate brace against Loyola Marymount before scoring again against Fairfield.
Two freshman standouts have accounted for the other two goals, as Tani Oluwaseyi has scored twice and recorded two assists while classmate Skage Simonsen has chipped in a goal and two assists. With six points through three games, Oluwaseyi is off to the best start by a St. John’s freshman since Wojtek Krakowiak in 1996. That season Krakowiak scored 11 goals, including the game-winner in the NCAA Division I national championship match.
With six points apiece in the early going, Forster and Oluwaseyi are the first Red Storm players to reach that point total in three games since Pablo Punyed and Tadeu Terra turned the trick in 2010.
Lehigh enters the game at 1-2, having secured its first win of the season at George Washington Saturday afternoon. Despite playing the final 63 minutes down a man, Lehigh held off the Colonials for a 1-0 victory. Mark Forrest, a 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-American, the preseason Patriot League offensive player of the year and a selection to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, scored his second goal of the season. Last season, Forrest finished second nationally in points (38) and third in goals (15).
ESPN3 will broadcast the match with Mike Watts and Glenn Crooks on the call.