Tani Oluwaseyi tallied the Red Storm’s lone goal. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — The fourth-ranked St. John’s University men recorded a 1-1 draw at Seton Hall to book a spot in the Big East tournaemnt for the third consecutive year Saturday night.
St. John’s moved to 12-2-1, including a 5-1-1 record in Big East play. With two games left, the Red Storm is in second place in the conference, three points behind Georgetown University and four points clear of Providence College in third.
A win for the Johnnies in either of their remaining regular season matches would secure a bye to the semifinals. St. John’s also would lock up a semifinal date at Belson Stadium should Xavier University come away with a result against Providence in Cincinnati next Saturday.
Tani Oluwaseyi scored the lone goal for St. John’s, putting the visitors ahead 1-0 with a header in the 50th minute. Brandon Duarte and Matt Chandler picked up assists on Oluwaseyi’s ninth goal. The sophomore from Mississauga, Ont., who leads the league in goals and points, became the first St. John’s player since Ryan Soroka in 2006 to record nine goals in a season.
St. John’s outshot Seton Hall, 15-12.
The Red Storm broke through early in the second half. The scoring sequence began when Drew Rosen drew a foul approximately 35 yards away from the goal on the right side. The foul set up a free kick for Duarte, who played a ball to the far post intended for the 6-foot-6 Chandler. The sophomore defender headed it across the mouth of the goal toward Oluwaseyi, who finished in front.
Seton Hall tied it in the 76th minute following a corner kick as Eden O’Leary headed one past goalkeeper Luka Gavran.
St. John’s welcome DePaul University in its final regular season game at Belson Stadium next Saturday at 7 p.m. It is Senior Night.