St. John’s soccer defeats Sacred Heart in comfortable outing

St. John's soccer (Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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St. John’s soccer defeated Sacred Heart in a comfortable win at Belson Stadium.

The St. John’s soccer team took down Sacred Heart by a dominating 3-0 scoreline on Thursday afternoon at Belson Stadium.

The women’s program was never really threatened by the Pioneers, who only had two shots on goal in the entire game.

St. John’s won its first game against Albany last weekend with six goals coming from six different players, however, this was a much different story as all three goals were scored by sophomore midfielder Jessica Garziano.

The Melville, New York native opened the scoring in the 28th minute off a corner that went through the hands of Sacred Heart goalkeeper Elyssa Kipperman and into the path of Garziano at the back-post for her to poke home.

After the halftime break, Garziano would strike again in the 65th minute on a long pass into the box from freshman Ava Collins to double the Red Storm’s advantage.

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Collins was named the Big East Freshman of the Week on Monday after her goal and two assists against Alban and she picked up another assist to continue her good start as a Johnnie.

Then, just three minutes later freshman forward Nicole Gordon drew a foul getting a free-kick right at the edge of the Sacred Heart box. Garziano would step up to take it and fire it over the wall and past Kipperman to get her first career hat trick.

There were some instances of sloppy passes and the first touch could’ve been better for the Red Storm, but that should iron itself out as the team gets more game time and reps.

St. John’s soccer attack impresses early in season

The most important thing to see from St. John’s in its non-conference games is the offense coming from different places on the field.

The offense was a major issue in 2019 as the Johnnies had to rely on star forward Zsani Kajan for much of the heavy lifting but the signs are pointing towards improvement.

In 2019, the Red Storm only scored more than two goals in a game once all year.

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St. John’s has already scored more than two goals in a game in both matches its played and for the Red Storm to improve upon last season’s disappointing year this trend needs to continue.

The Red Storm will have one more non-conference game before starting Big East play against UMass on Sunday at 3:00pm EST in Belson Stadium.