Matt Forster set up St. John’s best chance of the first half. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – So much for a double.
The St. John’s University men dropped 1-0 decision to defending NCAA Division champion and third-ranked Georgetown University in Big East action Saturday.
The Red Storm tried to make it consecutive upsets after surprising No. 13 Providence College Wednesday.
Freshman Chris Hegardt recorded the afternoon’s lone goal off an assist from Derek Dodson in the 30th minute.
St. John’s Luka Gavran and Jan Hoffelner logged two saves apiece.
Shots were 11-4 in favor of Georgetown, while the Hoyas had five on target, the visitors three.
Jared Juleau sent the Red Storm’s first chance of the game on target in the 10th minute from just outside the left edge of the box, but goalkeeper Giannis Nikopolidis saved it. Matt Chandler recorded the Johnnies’ second chance off a corner kick in the 29th minute, but his shot came with his back to the goal from 10 yards, making the stop an easy one for the reigning conference co-goalkeeper of the year.
The Johnnies’ best chance of the opening half came in the final minute as Matt Forster crossed a ball in from the left side that found the head of Brandon Knapp near the top of the six. Knapp played it to Tani Oluwaseyi, but the junior’s header did not pack enough punch to beat the keeper.
St. John’s created a few good scoring chances early in the second half, including a shot from Drew Rosen in the 55th minute, but Georgetown kept the Johnnies off the board.
The Hoyas countered the next several minutes, but Hoffelner mae two big stops.
Facing a one-goal deficit with 10 minutes remaining, St. John’s threw everything it had at the Georgetown net, but Nikopolidis and the Hoyas kept the Red Storm at bay. With two minutes left, Johan Aquilon played a near-perfect ball into the box toward three red jerseys, but Nikopolidis grabbed it to neutralize what was arguably the team’s best scoring opportunity of the half.
The Red Storm hosts Seton Hall University to Belson Stadium on Wednesday at 6 p.m. contest with Seton Hall (ESPN3).