Luka Gavran secured his 11th shutout of the season. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
QUEENS, N.Y. – After controlling the action over 110 minutes of scoreless action at Belson Stadium, the No. 24 St. John’s University men saw Butler University win a shootout, 4-2, and clinch a spot in the Big East Championship semifinals Saturday.
On Wednesday, the Bulldogs defeated the Red Storm in the regular season finale for both teams here in extratime, 1-0.
On Saturday, St. John’s (10-5-3) outshot Butler, 15-8, and earned 10 corner kicks to just two for the Bulldogs (7-8-3), who played the final 19:40 with 10 men before prevailing in penalty kicks.
The Bulldogs will advance to next Saturday’s semifinal in Washington, D.C. where they will face second-seeded Providence College at Georgetown University’s Shaw Field. St. John’s will learn its postseason fate on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. when the NCAA airs its Division tournament selection show on NCAA.com.
The result was officially recorded as a scoreless draw. The shutout was the 11th of the year for goalkeeper Luka Gavran, who entered the weekend leading the nation in that category and ranking inside the top five in goals-against average and save percentage. The redshirt junior, who made four saves, sits in a tie for fourth place on the Red Storm’s season shutout list, pulling along with Derby Carrillo (2009), Bill Gaudette (2002) and Jon Urbom (1992).
Making his second appearance of the season returning from injury, Tani Oluwaseyi played 72 minutes and also attempted four shots, two of which were on target.
The Bulldogs scored on all four of their PK opportunities, as Griffin DeBolt, Jack Haywood, Louie Bulger and Joel Harvey converted from the spot.
For the Red Storm, Johan Aquilon and Lucas Bartlett were successful from the spot to start the tie-breaker, but Jared Juleau’s shot was saved in the third round before Einar Lye chipped it over the crossbar in the fourth round.