VILLANOVA, Pa. - With a win last Saturday over Butler, Villanova has climbed into fifth place in the BIG EAST Conference standings with the top six qualifying for the BIG EAST Tournament that begins in two weeks. The task now becomes to keep adding to the points total with just three regular season matches left to play. The first step in that process begins Wednesday evening at St. John's in a battle that gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in Jamaica, N.Y.
The Wildcats enter Wednesday's BIG EAST action with a 2-2-2 mark in conference play (7-5-3 overall). Their eight points place them in the fifth spot, two points behind fourth place Georgetown. Marquette stands in sixth place with six points followed by DePaul in seventh place (five points). A trio of teams - Butler, Seton Hall, and St. John's - have four points and can still climb into the post-season mix.
Providence and Xavier are tied for first place with 14 points while Creighton has 13 points.
Villanova is 7-2-2 over its last 11 games, including a 1-0 win over Butler last Saturday at the Higgins Soccer Complex. Sophomore Max Kroschwitz scored the game-winner for the Wildcats in the 87th minute while classmate Will Steiner posted the shutout in goal.
Although St. John's leads the overall series between the two squads 22-6-5 it has been a much tighter battle in recent seasons (2-2-2). Villanova picked up a 2-0 victory last season on West Campus as Aaron Dennis and John Jlopleh scored the goals.
The Red Storm enters this contest with a 4-7-4 overall record and are 1-4-1 in conference action. St. John's posted a 1-1 draw at Belson Stadium with DePaul in its last outing on Saturday evening.
Wednesday night's match will be streamed via ESPN3.com.