QUEENS, N.Y. – Redshirt junior Zsani Kajan recorded her second goal of the season in the 105th minute, lifting the St. John’s University women to a 2-1 extratime win over Yale University at Belson Stadium Friday night.

This marked the sixth game-winning goal for the Budapest, Hungary, native in her Red Storm career.

For the second successive match it took St. John’s more than 90 minutes to decide an outcome. This time the Johnnies came out victorious, as Kajan and Isabelle Aviza scored.

Maia Cabrera, Shannon Moore, Jessica Garziano and Sofia Ambrosio registered assists.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Naya Lipkens earned his first win, making eight saves.
St. John’s got on the board in the 31st minute, when freshman Aviza netted her first career goal. The sequence began when Garziano sent a free kick into the box for Cabrera, who won the header sending the ball toward an open Aviza. The rookie from Medway, Mass., then buried the ball past the keeper to give the Red Storm a 1-0 edge.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs knotted the game at 1-1. Freshman Ellery Winkler drilled a low shot to the right side of the net for her first score of the season.

With seconds left to play in regulation, Yale appeared to have won the match with a goal. However, the goal was then called back as the referee ruled it offside, sending both programs into extratime.

After a back and forth affair through the first 10-minute period, the Johnnies converted in the first five minutes of the second extratime. St. John’s used a quick one-two touch pass from Moore to Ambrosio to set up the game-winning goal. Ambrosio sent a leading Kajan into open space, as she beat out the keeper for the game-winner.

The Johnnies will travel to South Bend, Ind. to meet Notre Dame at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.