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After a one-hour, 45-minute delay due to inclement weather, the St. John’s Universiity men’s soccer team unloaded its highest goal total in 25 years with a 7-1 victory over Temple University at Belson Stadium on Monday night.

QUEENS, N.Y. – After a one-hour, 45-minute delay due to inclement weather, the St. John’s Universiity men’s soccer team unloaded its highest goal total in 25 years with a 7-1 victory over Temple University at Belson Stadium on Monday night.

The team’s seven goals were the most in a game since the Red Storm recorded an 8-0 victory over Providence College on Sept. 18, 1998. The Johnnies fired 13 of its 29 shots on target.

St. John’s (4-1-1) saw seven goal-scorers and 10 players registering at least one point. Miguel Diaz enjoyed career day with his first NCAA Division I goal to go with two assists. Macoumba Ba, Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau, Brady Geho and Max McNulty all tallied one goal and an assist apiece.

Eric Danquah and Jackson Gould also recorded their first goal of the season. Antek Sienkiel added two a assists against the Owls while Ignacio Antequera Sanchez and Justin Kopay recorded one each.

It took less than three minutes for the Johnnies to score as McNulty bolted down the right side. The Birmingham, England native drove a cross toward the center and the ball ricocheted to the feet of Danquah, who netted his first goal for a 1-0 lead.

Less than eight minutes later, the Johnnies drew a foul in the box and were rewarded with their third penalty kick in two games. Head Coach Dr. David Masur elected to send Ba to take his second in as many matches and the Louisville transfer knocked home a right-footed shot for a 2-0 edge.

St. John’s continued to pester Temple (0-3-2) over the next five minutes, pressuring the Owls in their defensive third. Ba pickpocketed a defender in the 16th minute and led Ba into open space before tapping it over to Gould inside the box. The freshman rocketed his lone shot of the game through the hands of goalkeeper Flannan Riley for a 3-0 lead.

Temple scored in the 19th minute, capitalizing on deflection and narrowing its deficit to 3-1.

In the 27th minute, St. John’s leading point-getters combined for the Red Storm’s fourth goal. Fleuriau Chateau sliced through the defense from midfield into the box before slipping a pass to a sliding McNulty. The English striker roofed his shot at the far post for a 4-1 halftime advantage.

Much like the first half, St. John’s took no time to find the back of the net. In the 47th minute, Sienkiel and Geho connected on a cross in the middle before the latter found Diaz’s feet on the right side of the box. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native ripped a one-timer towards the far post for a 5-1 lead.

Fleuriau Chateau scored his fourth of the season in the 52nd minute after a give-and-go between Diaz and Kopay. With a lead pass into the box, Kopay threaded the needle with the Canadian forward at the back post for a 6-1 margin.

Just over 14 minutes later, St. John’s scored its final goal with a 66th-minute strike from Geho. Diaz swung a set piece to a streaking Antequera Sanchez at the left post. The Granada, Spain native nudged a header towards an open Geho at the top of the six-yard box, and lasered his shot into the top right corner for a goal.

The Johnnies utilized its bench over the final 24 minutes, having 26 players see action.

St. John’s will open Big East, heading to the University of Connecticut on Friday at 7 p.m. match at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.