St. John’s University standout midfielder Ava Collins earned on a spot on the New Zealand Under-20 squad for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica next month.
Last season, Collins played an integral role in the Johnnies’ attack. The forward appeared in 20 matches for the Red Storm, making 15 starts. She recorded four goals, including the game-winner against Brown University in extratime in the Red Storm’s opening match of the NCAA Tournament.
As a freshman, Collins played in all 12 matches, starting in 11. Collins landed a spot on the All-Big East freshman team and was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region second team. She was No. 32 on the TopDrawerSoccer Postseason top-100 freshmen list and No. 55 on the midseason’s top-100 freshmen list. The Auckland, New Zealand, native paced the squad with five assists, tied for third in the conference.
Collins will join the 20 other athletes on the Junior Football Ferns roster. She is one of four collegiate players on the squad. She has represented New Zealand at three separate events during the collegiate offseason. She joined the Football Ferns for the SheBelieves Cup and during the April FIFA window. Collins was also on the Junior Football Ferns U-20 squad for their matches Auckland, New Zealand in June.
The World Cup will begin on Aug. 10 with group play. New Zealand is slated to face Mexico, Colombia and Germany from Aug. 10-16. Each of the top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stages, which will begin Aug. 18 and run through the championship match on Aug. 28.