PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wrapping up the regular season Wednesday night, the eighth-ranked St. John’s University men fell to Providence College, 2-0, in the Big East at Anderson Stadium.
The loss marked the first of the season for St. John’s (13-3-1, 6-2-1) against an unranked opponent. The Friars (12-5, 5-3) entered the game with an RPI of 30 and had won five of their last six matches. St. John’s checked in at No. 4 in Monday’s latest release of the RPI.
Regardless of the result, St. John’s already had secured the seeded seed in next week’s Big East men’s soccer championship. The Red Storm will host the winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup between third-seeded Providence and sixth-seeded Marquette University Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Belson Stadium.
Josiah Crawford nearly put St. John’s on the board in the closing minute of a scoreless first half, goalkeeper Austin Aviza punched the sophomore’s long try over the crossbar.
Paulo Lima scored the game’s first goal in the 50th minute off assists from Joao Serrano and Trevor Davock.
The Red Storm responded with four shots over the next 25 minutes, but Providence extended its lead to 2-0 in the 78th minute behind a goal from Wolf Pro on assists by Tiago Mendonca and Kevin Vang.
Red Storm junior goalkeeper Jan Hoffelner turned aside a season-high seven of the Friars’ nine shots on goal. Hoffelner, who entered the contest with the nation’s fourth best goals-against average, played the full 90 minutes for the second time this year.