The St. John’s University men suffered no shortage of scoring chances against No. 18 FIU, but the hosts could find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. on Monday night.
FIU (1-1-0) came out on top despite St. John’s (0-2-0) owning a 15-3 shot advantage, including a 6-3 edge on chances on goal. The Red Storm dominated possession in the second half, outshooting FIU by a 9-0 margin.
Juston Rainey, who started and logged a team-high three shots in 65 minutes, registered the Red Storm’s first chance in the seventh minute. The freshman picked the pocket of a defender in his own end to set up a 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper, but Kevin Harr came up with his first save.
The visitors found the net in the 19th minute, as Paulo Alves drew a foul at the top of the box to set up a free kick. Julian Hodek curved a left-footed strike into the top-right corner of the cage, a perfectly placed strike.
St. John’s nearly tallied the equalizer in the 33rd minute, as Atila Ashrafi sent a 25-yard free kick just high and right of the net.
Rainey recorded the Red Storm’s final scoring opportunity of the half in the 41st minute, sending a shot wide by the narrowest of margins.
On the other side of the break, Antek Sienkiel recorded two stellar scoring opportunities in the 49th and 50th minutes, but Harr saved both shots.
St. John’s dominated possession for the entirety of the second half, but could not convert.
The Red Storm’s final opportunity came in the 88th minute, as Brandon Knapp headed a corner kick to a difficult spot, but Harr came up with his sixth– and most consequential– save of the evening.
The Johnnies will return to Belson Stadium on Friday night as part of a doubleheader with the St. John’s women. The men’s side will host Lehigh at 5 p.m. before the women welcomes Navy at 8 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.