STJ clinches playoff spot
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Kicking off the home stretch of the Big East regular season on Saturday night at Owen T. Carroll Field, the fourth-ranked St. John’s men’s soccer team picked up a crucial point in the standings with a 1-1 draw against local rival Seton Hall.

St. John’s moved to 12-2-1 on the season with the tie, including a 5-1-1 record in conference play. With two games to go, the Red Storm sits in second place in the Big East standings, three points behind Georgetown and four points clear of Providence in third.

With the draw, the Red Storm has officially clinched a spot in the Big East Tournament for the third straight season. A win for the Johnnies in either of their remaining regular season matches would secure a bye to the semifinals.

St. John’s would also lock up a semifinal date at Belson Stadium should Xavier come away with a result against the Friars next Saturday in Cincinnati.

Tani Oluwaseyi scored the lone goal of the game for St. John’s, putting the Red Storm ahead 1-0 with a header in the 50th minute. Brandon Duarte and Matt Chandler picked up assists on Oluwaseyi’s ninth tally of the year.

The sophomore leads the league in both goals and points, and became the first St. John’s player since Ryan Soroka during the Big East Championship season of 2006 to record nine goals in a single campaign.

St. John’s outshot Seton Hall on the match by a margin of 15-12. Six of those shots came off the foot of Oluwaseyi while Skage Simonsen had four of his own.

St. John’s will play its final regular season game at Belson Stadium on Saturday, November 2, when the Johnnies welcome DePaul. The contest will serve as the Red Storm’s annual senior night.
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