Zsani Kajan scored her 11th goal of the season. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Paula Germino-Watnick recorded a hat-trick to lead No. 19 Georgetown University to a 3-2 extratime win over the St. John’s University women in the latter’s Big East season finale Thursday.
Germino-Watnick scored the game-winner on a penalty kick three minutes into the extra period to lift the Hoyas (12-3-3, 6-1-2).
Despite Georgetown outshooting the visitors by 16-2 margin, the Red Storm (5-12-1, 2-6-1) needed only two shots to score twice. The duo of Zsani Kajan and Alex Madden recorded goals.
Kajan also picked up her first assists of the season, on Madden’s goal. With her fifth goal in three games, Kajan tied her season-high total of 11. The Budapest, Hungary native joined St. John’s greats Adriana Viola and Rachel Daly as the only three players in program history to record more than 22 goals in consecutive seasons.
Madden’s goal was her second of the year to tie redshirt senior Samantha Masur for the second-highest goal total on the team.
Jessica Garziano registered her fifth assist on Kajan’s tally to close out her rookie season with five points.
St. John’s wasted no time jumping out on top, as Kajan scored three minutes into the game. Garziano played a through ball into the box for Kajan, who finished in the left corner of the net.
Georgetown responded in the 17th minute, as Germino-Watnick found the back of the net. Just over 10 minutes later, Germino-Watnick struck again to give the Hoyas a 2-1 hafltime lead.
The Johnnies broke through on their second shot of the match in the 62nd minute. The sequence began with Kajan winning a loose ball in the offensive end and drawing the attention of three defenders. She then played the ball up to Madden, who tallied the equalizer.