Zsani Kajan excelled on and off the field for the Johnnies. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
QUEENS, N.Y. – For the first time in the history of St. John’s University women’s soccer, a player has earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team, as Zsani Kajan was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America Monday.
Kajan becomes the sixth player in the program history to garner All-America distinction, and the first to be named to the organization’s top team. Amanda Pasciolla earned a second team spot in 2009, while Kelly McConnell and Nicole Pasciolla received third team bids in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The Johnnies’ all-time leading scorer Rachel Daly and former defender Mecara Bruce both earned second-team recognition in 2015 and 2018.
Kajan, who also was named to the All-Big East second team at the conclusion of the 2021 season, tallied four goals in 11 games. The Budapest, Hungary native led the Johnnies, recording on a team-high three goals to tie for fourth in the conference.
The 5-7 forward also registered two assists to finish second on the team in points with 10. Kajan increased her goal total to 28, good for fifth place on the program’s all-time scoring list.
Kajan has also excelled in the classroom, completing her first year in the master’s program for International Hospitality Management with a 4.00 grade-point average.a