QUEENS, N.Y. – Big East preseason offensive player of the year Tani Oluwaseyi’s first goal of the season was all No. 16 St. John’s University needed as the Red Storm men opened their spring campaign with a 1-0 win over Saint Joseph’s at Belson Stadium Monday afternoon.
Oluwaseyi, who scored 11 goals in 2019 as the conference offensive player of the year, found the back of the net in the 64th minute.
Brandon Knapp threaded a long pass between two defenders to find Oluwaseyi near the top of the box. Oluwaseyi moved to his left before sending a left-footed shot on the ground past a charging goalkeeper, Luis Ludosan.
Keepers Luka Gavran and Jan Hoffelner combined for their first clean sheet. Hoffelner made two saves in the first half before Gavran turned aside in the final half.
The Red Storm outshot the Hawks, 9-7, putting six on target.
Oluwaseyi logged a team-high five shots, all of which were on goal.
Matt Chandler, Luke Hansen, Rafael Bustamante and Ethan Shaw logged the full 90 minutes on the Red Storm back line. Jack Russo made his first collegiate appearance, starting and playing 63 minutes before Sanoussi Sangary came on for the final 27 minutes. Wesley Leggett also started his first match for the Red Storm before Jared Juleau came on to play the last 60 minutes.
The Red Storm will host to NJIT Saturday at 5 p.m.