The 2008 St. John’s Men’s soccer team is having a season to remember, and Zimbabwe–born midfielder Tafadwa Chidiku has been one of the key reasons for the Red Storm’s success.
Taking a lob pass from teammate Nelson Beccera (junior midfielder), Queens resident Chidiku scored the only goal of fourth-ranked St. John’s 1-0 win over Big East rival, South Florida (ranked twelfth, nationally), sliding a shot past a diving Jeff Attinella from six yards out, in the 70th minute, on Saturday night in Queens.
The game-winning goal was an early birthday present for Chidiku (born Tafadwa Travor Chiduku on October 21, 1985 in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe), who goes by the name Trevor. The tally also marked the third consecutive game in which Chidiku scored, tying him with Nelson for the team lead in goals with five on the season.
Chidiku and Nelson have each scored as much as St. John’s opponents, who have been outscored 26-7 by the Red Storm this season, as St. John’s has rocketed to the top spot in the Big East with a 6-1-1 conference record, while going 12-1-2 (including 8-0-1 at home) overall.
Saturday night’s win was the fourth straight for Chidiku and St. John’s, which appear to be getting hot at just the right time, as they seek to avoid getting tripped up against teams they figure to handle down the stretch.
The Red Storm goes on its final road trip of the season, traveling to DePaul (6-5-3, 4-3-1 Big East) on Saturday and Rutgers (5-6-3, 2-4-2 Big East) on October 28th, before concluding the regular season at home against Cincinnati (5-7-2, 2-5-1 Big East) on October 31st.