WASHINGTON, D.C. – A golden goal with 38 seconds remaining in extratime gave No. 2 Georgetown University a 2-1 Big East victory over the St. John’s University men at Shaw Field Wednesday afternoon.
Brandon Knapp scored the St. John’s (8-4-3, 3-2-2) goal, his fourth of the season, finding the back of the net in the 49th minute of an assist from Wesley Leggett. Knapp increased his team-leading point total to 13.
The Hoyas (12-20, 6-1-0) outshot the visitors 20-9, but Georgetown held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Wednesday marked the Red Storm’s fifth consecutive game that went into extratime, a program record. The former mark was set in 2009, 2000 and 1996. That 2009 Big East championship squad matched an NCAA Division I record with nine draws on the campaign.
Georgetown scored 98 seconds into the match, as Stefan Stojanovic redirected a cross from Kyle Linhares near the penalty spot.
The Red Storm broke through on the other side of the intermission, as Wesley Leggett beat his defender down the left side before sending a cross to the near post for Knapp. The senior from Abingdon, Md. slipped the ball through a gap between the bar and goalkeeper Ethan Koehler, knotting the contest at one.
The Hoyas made one final push in the 110th minute. Following a near-side throw-in and a series of bounces in the box, the Red Storm seemed to clear the zone with just about 40 seconds remaining. Junior Aidan Rocha gained possession well outside the box and sent a long try on net that deflected off a St. John’s defender and got past keeper Luka Gavran.
St. John’s hosts Marquette University at Belson Stadium Saturday at 5 p.m.