QUEENS, N.Y. – Jessica Garziano converted a penalty kick to lift the St. John’s University women over the University of Massachusetts, 1-0, for the Johnnies’ third consecutive win at Belson Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Garziano, who recorded her first career hat-trick in the Red Storm’s last outing against Sacred Heart University on Thursday, provided all the offense St. John’s (3-0-0) needed. The sophomore midfielder found the back of the net in the 66th minute. Garziano increaed her team-high total to five, picking up her second game-winner of the season.
The Red Storm took 10 shots, putting half of those tries on target. Zsani Kajan, the Big East preseason offensive player of the year, logged a team-high five shots, with three on goal.
Goalkeeper Jordan Kamp and Naya Lipkens combined to record the Red Storm’s second straight shutout. Lipkens saved the Minutewomen’s lone shot on goal to pick up her third win.
St. John’s backline put forth another stellar effort, allowing UMass four shots. The Red Storm has held each of its three opponents to eight or less shots this season.
“I think we have improved as each game has gone on,” head coach Ian Stone said. “I think the consistent thing is the group has stayed together and given each other a lot of energy. We have improved defensively as a group and I think we are prepared for BIG EAST play and look forward to that competition.”
The Johnnies will return to the pitch on Thursday at 6 p.m., when they open up Big East action against Villanova University at Belson Stadium.