QUEENS, N.Y. — Tani Oluwaseyi scored in the 80th minute to lift the St. John’s University men to a 1-0 victory over the University of Pennsylvania at Belson Stadium on Friday night.
The Red Storm (5-0-0) has matched the 1995 Big East Championship team for the best start in program history. Penn (2-1-0) had yet to concede a goal this season before the game.
“It was a closely contested game,” St. John’s head coach Dr. Dave Masur said. “Penn is a good team, good at moving the ball. I thought we had a really good first half. We slipped up a little bit in the second half, but we got some good chances on the break. We showed a little bit of our maturity as the game went on.”
Oluwaseyi connected on his team-leading third goal of the season, one goal off his 2018 total.
Oluwaseyi’s game-winner resulted from two passes in the offensive zone, as Skage Simonsen played the ball out wide to Brandon Duarte. The senior captain crossed it in front to Oluwaseyi, who buried it into the bottom right corner of the cage. Simonsen’s assist was his third in four games while Duarte registered his first point of the year.
The Red Storm goalkeeping tandem of Jan Hoffelner and Luka Gavran recorded its fourth clean sheet in five opportunities, matching the team’s shutout total from last season. Gavran made both of the Storm’s saves, including a game-saving effort in the 88th minute from close range.
St. John’s returns to action on Monday night for its final contest before the start of Big East play, traveling to Columbia University for a 7 p.m. showdown.