Queens, N.Y. (September 25, 2018) – Matt Forster's free-kick goal in the 79th minute proved to be the game winner, as St. John's defeated Mount St. Mary's 2-1 on Tuesday night in non-conference men's soccer action at Belson Stadium. Jonathan Godette scored a highligh-reel goal in the 25th minute for the Mountaineers for his first collegiate score.
"I'm very proud of our effort this evening," said Head Coach Bryan Cunningham. "We came back from a goal down quickly, and played a rather even match until their second goal. We can now use the last month of matches to help us through the conference slate."
St. John's struck for the game's first tally in the 23rd minute of play. Off a set piece, Forster found Johan Aquilon inside the six-yard box. Aquilon got his head on it and barely snuck it by goalkeeper Bobby Edwards for his first goal of the season.
The Mountaineers responded just a minute and a half later to even the score at 1-1. Andrew Lasso picked up a loose ball deep in the attacking end and chipped it over a St. John's defender as Godette found space inside the box. Godette then went airborne and volleyed it into the top shelf for the spectacular goal. Lasso registered his first career assist on the play.
The Mount very nearly took the lead early in the second half as Godette just missed out on his second goal of the game. Yann Kouemi received a ball outside the 18 and shielded off a defender before passing it to a streaking Godette inside the box. Godette one-timed it, but missed just wide of the near post.
With the score still deadlocked at 1-1 and the clock ticking under the 12-minute mark, Athit Berg drew a foul just outside the penalty area, resulting in a free kick for the Red Storm. Forster stepped up and bent a lefty shot over the wall and inside the right post to give St. John's the late 2-1 advantage on his team-leading fifth goal of the year.
With minutes remaining in the match, Kouemi made a bid to tie the game up with a lefty strike from 25 yards out, but his shot sailed just high of the crossbar.
St. John's was able to close out the 2-1 victory to improve to 5-3-1 overall on the year, while the loss dropped the Mount to 1-5-2.
Edwards made a season-high nine saves in net for the Mount. His counterpart, Tyron Matuta, made one save in the winning effort for St. John's.
The Mount's next game is the Northeast Conference opener against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in Emmitsburg.