St. John's Loses

Date Published: 
1997-10-04
Source: 
New York Times

A goal by Tyrone Marshall 6 minutes 18 seconds into the second sudden-death overtime gave Florida International a 2-1 soccer victory over St. John's yesterday, and undoubtedly a measure of revenge and satisfaction as well.

For it was the Red Storm that stunned Florida International with a 4-1 victory in last year's National Collegiate Athletic Association final. And it was St. John's that carried an undefeated record and a No. 2 national ranking into yesterday's rematch of the teams in the first game of the Rutgers-Adidas-Foot Locker Classic at the Rutgers campus in Piscataway, N.J.

Florida International, ranked ninth, improved its record to 8-2-1 with the victory. St. John's, which has allowed only three goals all season, slipped to 8-1-1.

''We played well for the first 75 minutes,'' Coach Dave Masur of the Red Storm said. ''But then we tired and had a lack of finishing plays toward the end of the game. And we weren't good tactically.''

Sloppy play led to the first goal of the game. While attempting to clear the ball by shooting it over the crossbar, defender Kevin Daly of the Red Storm accidentally put the ball into his own net for a Florida International goal, 17:25 into the game.

The Red Storm evened matters four minutes into the second half on Jimmy Buscemi's team-leading sixth goal of the season, with assists by Daly and Brent Sancho. But that was the only ball to get by goalkeeper Sal Fontana, who had 11 saves.

Neither team scored in the rest of the 90-minute regulation game and the scoreless spell carried through the first 15-minute overtime. Then with under nine minutes to play, Marshall took a pass on the left wing from Jorge DelCorral and fired an open shot that beat goalkeeper Dani Braga for the victory.

On the second day of the four-team round-robin event, St. John's plays Brown tomorrow, and Rutgers meets Florida International.