Jan Hoffelner became the first St. John’s keeper to play a full game this year, making a season-high three saves and anchoring the Red Storm to its fifth clean sheet of the campaign.
In addition to the three stops, Hoffelner also made a number of plays that were not reflected on the score sheet. The junior from Frankfurt helped clear several Butler chances late in the game with the Johnnies clinging to a one-goal lead.
Tani Oluwaseyi provided all the offense the Red Storm (8-1-0, 2-0-0 Big East) would need, finding the back of the net in the 35th minute with the help of an assist from Skage Simonsen.
Oluwaseyi’s goal marked his fourth of the year, tying him with Niko Petridis for the team lead and matching his total from all of 2018 in just the team’s ninth game.
Simonsen’s fourth assist of the campaign also matched his season-long total from a year ago.
In total, 13 of the Red Storm’s 19 goals this season have now come from members of the sophomore class.
St. John’s outshot Butler (4-4-0, 0-2-0) on the match by a margin of 9-7, including a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. The Red Storm also earned eight corners to the Bulldogs’ four.
Just four nights prior to welcoming St. John’s, Butler hosted and defeated No. 5 Indiana, a team that advanced to last season’s College Cup.
The Red Storm will return to action on Friday night, wrapping a three-match road stand with Marquette in Milwaukee.
Honors for two
Rafael Bustamante has been named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week, while Jan Hoffelner has found a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll.
Bustamante, a junior defender from Corona, is the third member of the St. John’s back line to receive Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, joining Luke Hansen and Matt Chandler. Hoffelner’s honor roll nod marks the first weekly accolade of his St. John’s tenure.
Bustamante played a critical role in the Red Storm surrendering just one goal in nearly 200 minutes of action this week.
On Monday at Maryland, Bustamante helped hold the defending national champions off the board for more than 108 minutes before a late goal handed the Red Storm its first loss of the season in double overtime.
Five days later in Indianapolis, Bustamante helped limit Butler to just seven total shots.
Hofflener logged 135 minutes of shutout action this week for the Red Storm, holding defending national champion Maryland scoreless in the first half of Monday’s contest before notching his first solo clean sheet of the season at Butler.
On the season, Hoffelner leads the team and ranks second in the Big East with a 0.40 goals against average. His .800 save percentage is tied with Luka Gavran for the team lead and ranks third in the conference.