Jessica Garziano scored all of St. John’s goals Thursday. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
QUEENS, N.Y. – Sophomore midfielder Jessica Garziano recorded the first-hat trick of her collegiate career Thursday, powering the St. John’s University women to a 3-0 win over Sacred Heart University at Belson Stadium.
Three days after finding a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll, Garziano became the second active player to record a career hat trick for the Red Storm, joining teammate Zsani Kajan.
Alex Madden picked up her second point of the season, assisting on Garziano’s first goal.
Ava Collins, named Big East freshman of the week Monday, logged her third assist of the year on the Johnnies’ second goal.
Goalkeeper Naya Lipkens registered her first clean sheet of the 2021 campaign, making two saves en route to her second win in as many games.
St. John’s defenders held the Pioneers to five shots. The Red Storm’s backline has held its last two opponents to a combined five chances on net.
After seeing two shots sail wide in the opening 17 minutes, Garziano broke through in the 29th minute. Madden sent a corner kick to the inside of the six-yard box for Garziano, who tapped it home.
Garziano struck again in the 66th minute. Collins sent a long pass over the head of a defender to Garziano, who fired it home for her second goal.
Three minutes later, Nicole Gordon drew a foul from just outside the box. Garziano took an 18-yard free kick. The sophomore rocketed a high shot past the goalkeeper.
The Red Storm will return to action hosting the University of Massachusetts at Belson Stadium on Sunday at 2 p.m.