St. John’s soccer has perfect week against Seton Hall and Creighton

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St. John’s soccer took down Seton Hall and Creighton in perfect road trip

After a massive 1-0 home win against Providence on October 17, the St. John’s soccer team hit a two-game road trip against Seton Hall and Creighton.

First up, last Thursday, the Red Storm took on Seton Hall in New Jersey in a game they were on the front foot for most of the match.

Naya Lipkens had some close calls in goal as the Connecticut native made three saves in the first half, keeping the Pirates off the board.

The Johnnies would get the only goal of the game through senior midfielder Maia Cabrera on the stroke of halftime on a fantastic shot from the left side of the box for the second goal of the season for Cabrera and her fifth career tally.

St. John’s dominated the second half, but were unable to get an insurance goal while keeping Seton Hall from getting anything dangerous on Lipkens’ net to earn the 1-0 road win.

St. John’s soccer builds momentum in commanding win over Creighton

After taking down Seton Hall, the Johnnies headed to Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays last Sunday.

Both teams had to endure a four-hour lightning delay due to the storms that were rolling through the Omaha, Nebraska area.

Finally, at 6:00pm EST, the match started and it was the Zsani Kajan show.

Dial ‘ZsaniMania’ up to a hundred in this one as the Budapest, Hungary native made up the entire Red Storm offense on the night notching a hat-trick against Creighton.

The Big East’s leading goalscorer notched the first goal of the game just five minutes into the game with a shot inside the box after a Creighton turnover near their own goal for her 13th of the season.

The graduate student forward scored again in the 17th minute as the forward got free in the box once again and fired a shot past Bluejays keeper Keelan Terrell to double the Red Storm advantage.

Kajan would complete the hat trick in the 78th minute with an out-of-this-world strike to the top left-hand corner for her 15th goal of the season and into a three-way tie at the top of the nation’s scoring list.

Georgia’s Mollie Belisle and Arizona State’s Nicole Douglas also have 15 goals this season.

Kajan’s 15 goals for the season are tied with Adriana Viola for the fourth-most goals ever in a St. John’s Women’s Soccer season. The goals take Kajan into sole possession of second place on the all-time Red Storm scoring lists with 43 career goals.

She is now seven goals away from Rachel Daly’s all-time record.

Kajan’s performance led her to be named as the Big East Offensive Player of the Week.

Overall, St. John’s dominated Creighton with eight shots on goal for the Red Storm to just one for Creighton’s.

The Johnnies follow up a three-game losing streak with a three-game winning streak to get back on track.

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The win clinched a spot in the Big East Tournament for St. John’s as they cannot finish below sixth place at this point in the year. There is also a possibility that the Red Storm might host a First Round game.

The Johnnies currently sit in 4th place in the Big East at 9-5-2 (5-3-1 Big East) overall, three points away from Butler in 3rd place with Providence and UConn two and three points back of St. John’s, respectively.

Just one regular-season game remains for St. John’s as they will face off against the Villanova Wildcats on Thursday evening at Belson Stadium at 7:00pm EST on the Big East Digital Network via FloSports.

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