Zsani Kajan became only the second St. John’s women’s player to reach 100 career points. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s)
CINCINNATI – For the first time in a generation, the St. John’s University women are playing in the Big East final.
That became a reality Thursday night as the fourth-seeded Red Storm upset top-seeded Xavier University in the semifinals, 1-0.
Big East offensive player of the year Zsani Kajan scored off her only shot of the match in the 61st minute.
The Johnnies (12-5-2), who have won the most games since 2015, are in the championship game for the first time since 1994. They will play the winner of the other semifinal between Georgetown University and Butler University.
Kajan, a unanimous All-Big East first team selection, settled thing a little after an hour. Ava Collins played a pass up to Kajan, who sent her shot to the left corner of the net, her 17th of the season, fifth game-winning goal and 45th of her career.
She hit 100 career points, becoming the second player in program history to record that many, joining Rachel Daly (111).
Goalkeeper Naya Lipkens recorded her ninth clean sheet of the campaign. The redshirt junior turned aside five attempts on goal for 76 saves this season. The Bloomfield, Conn. native lowered her goals-against average to 0.88.