St. John’s had plenty to celebrate. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
QUEENS, N.Y. – Freshman Frederique St.-Jean scored a golden goal 10 minutes into extratime to lift the St. John’s University women to a 1-0 victory over Villanova University in their Big East opener at Belson Stadium Thursday night.
The Red Storm’s (4-0-0, 1-0-0) win over Villanova marked its third consecutive extratime win over the Wildcats.
After recording three shots early in extratime, the Red Storm earned a fourth opportunity with less than a minute remaining in the period. Zsani Kajan drew a yellow card on Villanova’s Alexa Wojnovich, awarding the Johnnies a free kick in the offensive zone. The Budapest, Hungary native sent a rocket towards the center of the goal that ricocheted off the crossbar. St.-Jean, from Quebec, Canada, headed home the rebound for the win.
Goalkeeper Naya Lipkens recorded her third straight clean sheet and fourth win. The Bloomfield, Conn. native turned aside all five Villanova tries on target.
Six Johnnies played all 100 minutes for the Red Storm – St.-Jean, Lipkens, Jessica Garziano, Brooke Boyd, Katherine Turner and Nicole Multer.
The Johnnies controlled possession over the opening 45 minutes, outshooting the Wildcats, 10-2, and earning nine corners while allowing none.
St. John’s saw arguably its best chance of the opening half with 23 seconds left on the clock, as Maia Cabrera sent a powerful shot to the bottom left corner of the cage, but it was turned aside by the goalkeeper.
The Red Storm continued to control the momentum of the game in the second half, outshooting the Wildcats, 10-3.
With seconds remaining in regulation, Garziano looked to be on the cusp of breaking through for St. John’s, firing off consecutive shots. The reigning Big East offensive player of the week was blocked on both of her attempts, forcing extratime.
The Johnnies will wrap up their five-game homestand, welcoming Seton Hall University to Belson Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.