August 24, 2012
BLOWN AWAY BY A (RED) STORM
BU falls to St. John's 3-0
QUEENS, N.Y. - Despite holding a 10-6 edge in shots, Boston University fell to No. 13 St. John's, 3-0, at Belson Stadium on Friday night.
Picked to win the Big East's Red Division, the defending conference tournament champions got on the board quickly in the fourth minute when Nick Matthews headed in a rebound that resulted from sophomore Nick Thomson stopping Sean Sepe's initial attempt.
After Thomson made a save in the seventh minute, the Terriers settled down and peppered SJU's defense with seven shot attempts over the following 25 minutes while preventing the home team from getting a look at goal. Recording 11 shutouts last season, the Red Storm though survived the onslaught and used a counter attack to score the second goal.
The Terriers had two of their six corner kicks in the 40th minute. During a scrum following the second attempt, Andres Vargas found the ball and sprinted across the field to help SJU pull away for the win.
Improving to 26-3-5 in home openers, SJU added a third tally in the second minute of the second half when Jack Bennett was fouled inside BU's box. A preseason All-Big East honoree, he converted on the penalty kick for the final goal.
Redshirting last season due to injury, senior Michael Bustamante led the Terriers with three shot attempts, including two on goal. Thomson had two saves in the contest, while Rafael Diaz had three for the shutout victory.
Continuing a six-game road trip, BU will return to action on Monday (Aug. 27) at No. 12 Boston College with action slated to begin at 5 p.m.