St. John’s soccer lands several regular season honors

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The St. John’s soccer programs were featured on several All-Big East teams. 

While the 2021 spring soccer season was disappointing for both the St. John’s soccer programs, several players from the men’s and women’s teams were selected to the All-Big East Teams in recognition of their performances this season.

The men’s soccer program, which went 5-5 (3-5 Big East) in this shortened spring season, saw junior forward Tani Oluwaseyi get selected to the All-Big East First team while Einar Lye and Brandon Knapp were selected to the All-Big East Third Team.

Oluwaseyi is featured on the conference’s First Team for the second consecutive season after he was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.

The Ontario native scored five goals and tallied three assists in just nine appearances this spring.

Brandon Knapp was the only Red Storm player to play every single minute of the spring season as the junior has been a consistent presence in the St. John’s midfield for the last two seasons.

The Maryland native grabbed one assist on the season that came on Oluwaseyi’s goal against Saint Joseph’s in the season opener.

Einar Lye had two goals and two assists in nine appearances this spring.

The women’s soccer program finished the 2021 spring season 5-4-3 (2-4-3 Big East).

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The Red Storm saw sophomore Jessica Garziano selected to the All-Big East First Team while redshirt senior Zsani Kajan featured on the Second Team, and midfielder Ava Collins made the All-Freshman team.

Garziano had a breakout year as she led the Red Storm in scoring this season with seven goals and two assists in 12 appearances. The Long Island native’s seven goals was third best in the conference which included a hat trick against Sacred Heart back on February 25.

Zsani Kajan gets all-conference honors for the third time after the Budapest native was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2019. Kajan scored four goals and added two assists this spring, landing a spot on TopDrawer Soccer’s Midseason Top-100 list at No. 67 after  also being named to the MAC Herman Watch List in the preseason.

Freshman Ava Collins showed flashes of potential to be a vital part of the Red Storm midfield and attack for the next few seasons as she makes the All-Rookie team.

The New Zealand native scored one goal and tallied two assists this spring in nine appearances on seven starts.

St. John’s soccer looks to quickly build on unprecedented season

The men’s program will look to improve on a disappointing, yet injury and COVID-19 riddled spring season in the fall as the team once held National Championship aspirations coming into this season.

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St. John’s will return most of its core players from this past spring.

The women’s program will look to improve upon another five win campaign, albeit in a shorter season, this fall and recapture more of the form that saw them go 5-1 in their first six games rather than 0-3-3 in their final six contests.

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