'Cats and St. John's Battle to a 1-1 Draw
Oct. 3, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - On a muggy October afternoon the Villanova Wildcats (5-4-2 overall, 2-2-1 BIG EAST) and St. John's Red Storm (2-2-5 overall, 1-1-3 BIG EAST) battled to a 1-1 tie here today. The game was tight and physical throughout.
Villanova got on the scoreboard with its first shot on goal of the afternoon in the 25th minute and the score was owed largely to the handiwork of senior Mike Seamon (Rahway, N.J.). Freshman defender Ryan Whalen (Basking Ridge, N.J.) dribbled in along the left flank and sent a low ball to Seamon, who was being marked closely near the top of the box. He pivoted to lose the defender, turned to his right and sent a high arching shot that went into the upper right hand corner of the net at 25:36, past the outstretched arm of St. John's goalkeeper Derby Carrillo.
The Red Storm generated several good opportunities of their own in the half, with three shots on net. Wildcat sophomore goalkeeper Chris Bresnahan had to be especially sharp on a John Tardy bid that was blasted from just outside the box.
The first half ended with the `Cats holding a 1-0 advantage. Each team had six shots in the half.
St. John's moved BIG EAST preseason defensive player of the year Joel Gustafsson to a forward position early in the second half in a bid to break a scoring drought. The Red Storm created a couple of quality scoring opportunities but didn't strike until they were awarded a free kick just outside the top of the box.
The Wildcats put together a six-person wall but the shot from Tadeu Terra eluded it and found a place in the upper part of the net, over the leaping Bresnahan's arm. The goal came at 63:55.
Both clubs made bids to earn the win. Seamon would end the day with nine shots, including four no goal and was a constant threat. Meanwhile, the `Cats back wall answered every Red Storm bid, the best of which was a header from Terra off a set piece late in the match.
Carrillo and Bresnahan each made six saves on the day. The Red Storm owned an 18-15 edge in shots and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Next up for Villanova is a Wednesday night match at Syracuse (7:00 p.m.).