St. John’s soccer hits milestone in victory over Delaware

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St. John’s soccer hit a massive milestone in its comfortable road win against Delaware

On Thursday, the St. John’s soccer team got back into the win column with a 3-0 victory over Delaware on the road after suffering its first loss of the season to Harvard last weekend.

Despite an offensive flurry from Delaware in the form of four shots in the first few minutes of the game, it wouldn’t take long before the Red Storm got out to a lead.

After just nine minutes, Zsani Kajan got back on the scoresheet after a two-game absence with a powerful strike over the head of Delaware’s Lauren Krinsky after Jessica Garziano set her up with a long pass into the box.

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From this point forward St. John’s would dominate the rest of the half and force Delaware back as the Blue Hens could not muster anything offensively after their early four shots.

The Johhnies control on the match led to extending its lead in the 20th minute once again through Kajan as she launched a left-footed strike to the near-post that was just too much for Krinsky to handle.

Kajan’s second goal of the game was her ninth of the season and draws her even with Cristin Burtis for third place on the school’s all-time scoring list.

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The second half was more of the same as the Johnnies would continue to dominate the game and eventually added another goal in the 59th minute.

Kajan would get into the Delaware box and laid it off to Ava Collins who slotted it home with a low shot to the near-post corner for her second goal of the season.

Delaware had a few shots that tested Naya Lipkens’ goal later in the second half as the Blue Hens  tried to get on the board, but she was equal to it and the Red Storm defense held firm for the clean sheet and the 3-0 win.

This is also St. John’s fourth shutout in six games this season.

The victory was the 250th career win of head coach Ian Stone’s career. This is Stone’s 28th season at the helm of the St. John’s Women’s Soccer Team.

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St. John’s now improves to 4-1-1 on the season and with a matchup against Yale coming on Sunday, September 19th at 1:00pm EST.

The Red Storm were scheduled to play this Sunday, but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols preventing Central Connecticut State from traveling to Queens. The two schools will attempt to reschedule the game at a later point this season.

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