VILLANOVA, Pa. – Lucas Bartlett buried a penalty kick 84 seconds into extratime as the St. John’s University men’s soccer team defeated Villanova University, 1-0, in a Big East match at Higgins Soccer Complex Saturday afternoon.
The Red Storm (8-3-1, 3-1-1) win over the Wildcats (8-3-0, 4-1-0), ranked first in the conference entering Saturday’s meeting, marked the program’s first road victory over its conference foe since 2007.
Entering the extra period, Bartlett had already registered two quality chances. The Overland Park, Kansas native sent his first attempt on goal in the 62nd minute but was denied by the Wildcats goalkeeper Carson Williams before missing his target 20 minutes later.
In the first minute of extra time, Einar Lye was taken down in the box by Villanova midfielder Anthony Dragisics. Bartlett, a graduate student, delivered a booming strike to the right corner for hhis fourth goal of the campaign.
Goalkeeper Luka Gavran recorded his seventh clean sheet of the year for the Red Storm. The redshirt junior from Hamilton, Ont. turned aside all three Villanova tries.
St. John’s returns to action next Saturday, as it welcomes Seton Hall University to Queens for a 7 p.m. meeting.