QUEENS, N.Y. – Coming off two extratime victories against Big East foes, the St. John’s University women team will look to remain unbeaten this season as they travel to Storrs., Conn., for a Thursday afternoon matchup with the University of Connecticut.
Following its win over Seton Hall Sunday, the Red Storm is off to the program’s best start since 2013. That year, St. John’s began the season 6-0 before reaching the second round of the national tournament for the first time.
With a combined 13 goals through five games, the Johnnies sit second in the Big East and are four goals shy of passing their 2019 mark. Five of those goals have come off the foot of sophomore Jessica Garziano. The Melville, N.Y. native recorded her first career hat-trick in the second game of the season to lift St. John’s (5-0-0, 2-0-0) past Sacred Heart University, 3-0.
Zsani Kajan, the Big East preseason offensive player of the year, has accounted for two goals. The Budapest, Hungary native netted a golden goal to help St. John’s past Seton Hall University, 2-1, Sunday. This marked the ninth game-winning goal of Kajan’s career, increasing her total to 26. Kajan also picked up an assist last week to earn conference offensive player of the week before.
Five other Johnnies have scored – Maia Cabrera, Ava Collins, Frederique St.-Jean, Brooke Boyd and Addison Hornsey. Cabrera has scored twice.
Goalkeeper Naya Lipkens has secured five wins in as many games. The Bloomfield, Conn. native boasts a 0.44 goals-against average.
The Red Storm and the Huskies (2-1-1, 0-1-1 BIG EAST), who spent the last seven seasons in the American Athletic Conference before rejoining the Big East this summer, will meet for the first time in four years. In the two teams last matchup, St. John’s took a 1-0 victory behind a goal by Christina Bellero.
UConn enters the match with a 2-1-1, including a 0-1-1 mark in conference action. In the Huskies’ most recent game March 7, UConn was held to a scoreless draw by Villanova University. Connecticut outshot the Wildcats, 30-3, but were unable to find the back of the net.
Freshman Lucy Cappadona and senior Sophia Danyko-Kulchycky each recorded a team-high two goals apeice. Redshirt junior Kess Elmore also has a goal.