QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John’s University sophomore midfielder Ava Collins will join the New Zealand women’s national team for two matches against Australia during the April FIFA window, it was announced on Wednesday.
“We are all really happy for Ava,” Johnnies head coach Ian Stone said. “Having the opportunity to play for New Zealand in rivalry games against Australia is a dream come true for her.”
During her sophomore campaign, Collins played in 20 matches, making 15 starts. She tallied four goals, including the game-winner against Brown in extratime in the Red Storm’s first match of the NCAA Division I tournament.
As a freshman, she played in all 12 matches, starting 11. Collins landed a spot on the All-Big East freshman team and found a place on the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region second team. The Auckland, New Zealand native paced the St. John’s squad with five assists, which tied for third in the Big East.
Collins will join the 22 other athletes on the Football Ferns roster. She is one of two collegiate players and the youngest, 19, to make the squad. She represented New Zealand at the SheBelieves Cup in February.