QUEENS, N.Y. – As we already know, there will be no soccer for the men’s and women’s teams of St. John’s University this fall.
Yet, one Red Storm player has been named a first team preseason All-American by College Soccer News – junior forward-midfielder Tani Oluwaseyi.
The Mississauga, Ont. native received the recognition after becoming the first Johnnie in more than two decades to be named Big East offensive player of the year this past fall. Despite playing limited minutes early in the season while recovering from injury, Oluwaseyi led the team and the conference with 11 goals, the highest season total by a Red Storm talent since 2003. Five goals were game-winners.
The United Soccer Coaches first team All-Region selection finished 27th nationally in goals and 31st in points (27). His five assists were also good enough for 10th in the conference.
College Soccer News, which ranked the Red Storm 17th in its preseason poll last week, selected players from all conferences regardless of whether or not they plan to compete in the fall or the spring.
The Big East, like many other Division I conferences, announced in August that the league would postpone fall competition to the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last season, the Red Storm finished at 14-5-1, which tied for the program’s highest win total since its 2008 College Cup campaign. The Johnnies climbed as high as No. 1 in the RPI and No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches poll last season season. All five of their losses were to teams that advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.