QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s University men scored twice within a 10-minute span to defeat Creighton University, 2-0, in Big East action at Belson Stadium Friday night.
The Red Storm controlled possession before breaking through in the 70th minute via an unassisted goal by Wesley Leggett. Nine minutes and six seconds later, Atila Ashrafi headed home a corner kick for his first goal of the season. Einar Lye picked up an assist.
The reigning Big East goalkeeper of the week, Luka Gavran made five saves to register his fifth clean sheet in eight games. St. John’s (6-2-0, 2-0-0) has now recorded a shutout in three consecutive contests and has won five successive matches.
“The Big East is a tough conference,” St. John’s head coach Dr. Dave Masur said. “It’s the toughest I’ve seen since I’ve been here. It’s the physicality, the quality.The coaching in our conference is very, very good. Creighton had a higher RPI than us. They played some really good teams, so we’re happy to get a result. We just know that every game is going to be really tough. It’s just the second step in a series of many battles ahead of us.”
St. John’s finally broke through in the 70th minute. Leggett pounced on a poor touch by Creighton centerback Musa Qonga in his own zone, chasing down a loose ball before beating Kruse one-and-one and putting the Johnnies on top.
Just over nine minutes later, the Johnnies iced the game with a Lye corner kick. The ball found Ashrafi on the far post at the six-yard line and the junior from Germany headed it home.
The Johnnies will return to action their non-conference finale at Princeton University Tuesday at 8 p.m.