SJU men roll by Marquette
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Closing out a three-game road swing at Marquette on Friday night, the St. John’s men’s soccer team jumped out to a first-half lead and never looked back, routing the Golden Eagles, 4-0, at Valley Fields.

With the win, the Red Storm improved to 3-0-0 in Big East play for the first time since 2004. The Johnnies’ 9-1-0 record marks the program’s best start through 10 games since the 2008 team went 8-0-2 en route to a 19-3-3 finish and a spot in the College Cup.

The St. John’s win snapped a seven-game winless streak against the Golden Eagles that dated back to 2010. Prior to Friday’s four-goal explosion, the Red Storm had not found the back of the net against Marquette since 2010.

Rafael Bustamante and Atila Ashrafi scored their first career collegiate goals on Friday night. Bustamante netted the game-winner in the 35th before Ashrafi bumped the lead to two 20 minutes later.

Tani Oluwaseyi registered his first career brace with a pair of late insurance goals, scoring in the 62nd and 88th minutes. Oluwaseyi bumped his goal total to six on the season, good enough for both the team and conference lead.

Four different Johnnies logged assists on the evening, as Matt Forster and Einar Lye chipped in on the game-winner before Niko Petridis assisted on the second and Skage Simonsen helped on the fourth.

Jan Hoffelner and Luka Gavran tallied two saves apiece to log the team’s sixth clean sheet of the season. Hoffelner started the contest and improved to 4-0-0 on the season.

After more than two weeks on the road, the Red Storm was scheduled to return home to Belson Stadium on Tuesday for its non-conference finale against Temple.

Two honored

After leading the Red Storm to its third straight win to kick off conference play, Tani Oluwaseyi and Rafael Bustamante were honored by the Big East for their efforts.

Oluwaseyi was named the Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, while Bustamante garnered a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll.

Oluwaseyi, a member of the 2018 Big East All-Freshman Team, provided a pair of second-half insurance goals, allowing the Red Storm to cruise to a 4-0 win over Marquette, its largest margin of victory in a Big East game since 2013.

Oluwaseyi is now tied for the highest single-season output by a St. John’s player since the College Cup campaign of 2008.

Bustamante, who won Defensive Player of the Week accolades last week, supplied an offensive spark for the Johnnies on Friday night in Milwaukee.

In addition to helping the Red Storm record its sixth shutout of the season, Bustamante scored the game-winner in the 35th minute.

Bustamante is one of just four players on the Red Storm roster to record more than 800 minutes of action in the team’s first 10 games.
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