November 16, 2012
MOORE IS MUCH MORE
FDU men surprise St. John's in opening round of NCAA Division I tournament
QUEENS, N.Y. -- Oh, what a night for the Knights.
|FDU goalkeeper Jacob Lissek was up to the task and then some against St. John's.
Photo courtesy of FDU SID
Senior Antony Moore, combined with some solid defense and superb goalkeeping, lifted Fairleigh University to a 1-0 upset of 18th-ranked St. John's University in the opening round of the NCAA Division I men's tournament at Belson Stadium on Thursday night.
The Knights (10-5-6) advanced to the second round as they will meet Saint Louis University, eighth-seeded in the 48-team field, in the second round on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The win was FDU’s sixth in NCAA tournament play.
The Red Storm finished their season at 10-5-4.
FDU goalkeeper Jacob Lissek was perfect, stopping everything sent his way as he made four saves en route to his 10th shutout of the season.
Moore connected in the 36th minute. Freshman Jan Aubert’s shot was blocked by a defender and the ball found Moore, who scored his second goal of the net by firing the ball into the upper left corner of the net.
“I thought we played a great game,” FDU coach Seth Roland said. “To come into St. John’s, which is such a storied program and a well-coached team by Dave Masur with good soccer players, to come in and play the way we did, I am proud of the guys. I thought we outplayed St. John’s and definitely deserved to win.”
For most of the second half, the Knights’ defense and junior goalkeeper Jacob Lissek buckled down against St. John’s offensive flurry. The defense blocked numerous shots, while Lissek made diving saves on great opportunities from close range.
“We came out in the first half and definitely took it to them and got a great goal from Antony Moore," Roland said. "In the second half, I thought we competed well, and inevitably a team like St. John’s is going to get some opportunities. Jacob, however, was up to the task in goal as usual, and as a team, I thought we defended very well. I am extremely proud of how we played and thought we were the deserving victors.”
Roland got no argument from Masur.
“FDU has always had a very strong program and we knew this was going to be a tough game,” he said. “We had our chances, but credit their defense for making the plays in the final third to keep us from finding the back of net.”
Less than two minutes after Moore's goal, the Red Storm attacked as Lissek came up big with save diving to his left off a rocket from Jack Bennett, deflecting the ball out of harm’s way.
After FDU had the first opportunity to score in the second half, St. John’s kicked up its offensive pressure. The Knights’ defense blocked two shots in the penalty area in the 55th and 56th minutes.
Lissek came up huge again as he dove to his left for a save, which resulted in a corner kick in the 63rd minute.
Two minutes later, FDU sophomore Anders Vest-Hansen had a free kick from approximately 25 yards but the shot was saved.
From the beginning of the 72nd minute to the end of the 75th minute, the FDU defense rose to the occasion with more blocked shots from close range, while forcing two more shots to sail high over the goal.
After FDU weathered the storm, Vest-Hansen had another look, but his shot was saved in the 83rd minute.
In the waning minutes, the FDU defense stepped up again. With five minutes remaining, a shot by the Red Storm's Daniel Herrera was blocked. The rebound found Nick Matthews, whose shot was turned away by another diving save by Lissek.
The Red Storm had one last corner kick at the end of the 88th minute, but FDU cleared the ball out of the zone.
St. John’s outshot the Knights in the second half, 9-4, for a 13-8 advantage in the match. The Red Storm also had five second-half corner kicks and finished with a 5-3 advantage.