The St. John’s University men played the University Connecticut to a scoreless draw in its final home match of the season in a Big East game at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. on Saturday night.
Freshman goalkeeper Zenden Hart made four saves to record his second clean sheet. The former Australian youth international logged two saves in the final 10 minutes.
The Huskies (7-6-3, 3-3-3) held an edge for much of the first half, outshooting the Red Storm by a 6-1 margin in the opening 45 minutes.
The Red Storm’s (4-7-5, 2-3-4) best scoring chance of the night came in the 59th minute, as Wesley Leggett play a ball into space for a racing Nigel Griffith. Griffith took control just outside the box with no one between him and the keeper, but a trailing UConn defender managed to deflect his shot, neutralizing the threat.
St. John’s registered a flurry of chances between the 76th and 79th minutes, as Roseth, Antek Sienkiel and Aidan Borra fired off shots. The Red Storm appeared to take a 1-0 lead in the 79th on a header goal from Lye, but the play was ruled offside, negated by the assistant referee’s flag.
The Red Storm honored the careers of 12 upperclassmen prior to the start of the contest: Andrew Hammersley, Jordan Bailon, Adrian Roseth, Wesley Leggett, Tommy Scalici, Jack Russo, Anthony Petrucci, Atila Ashrafi, Einar Lye, Sanoussi Sangary, Drew Rosen and Brandon Knapp.
The Johnnies will close the regular season on Wednesday when they travel to Marquette University for an 8 p.m. match. The Red Storm can still qualify for the conference tournament with a win, but will need some other results around the league involving UConn, Providence College and Creighton University to go in its favor.