St. John’s soccer star makes history in thrilling win against Harvard

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St. John’s soccer pulls off two-goal comeback to take down Harvard. 

The St. John’s soccer team hosted Ivy League powerhouse Harvard on Sunday and came away with a thrilling 4-3 comeback win.

Harvard would start out the game on the front foot and opened the scoring in the 28th minute through freshman forward Ólöf Kristinsdótir. Four minutes later, the Iceland native doubled the lead for the visitors.

Then starting in the 40th, the Johnnies would emphatically answer back with three goals in 4:57 to go into the break with a 3-2 lead.

The Red Storm would get on the board through Lauryn Tran who sent the ball into the net after it was loose on a rebound.

St. John’s would tie up the score a few seconds later through Jessica Garziano and the graduate student midfielder would hand them the lead in the 44th minute on a penalty kick.

It was such a wild frenzy of a first half with five goals and 15 combined shots, nine on goal.

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The second half was more of the same as Harvard would tie the score in the first minute.

St. John’s soccer standout makes program history

The Johnnies would retake the lead in the 62nd minute as Tran would score her second of the game on a sequence that generated some history for the program.

Garziano would set up Tran and get the assist to become the new St. John’s Women’s Soccer all-time assist leader with 28 career helpers. The undisputed leader of this Red Storm squad had a fantastic game, scoring two goals and an assist to bring her season total to five goals and six assists on the year, which leads the team in both categories.

Going back to Tran, the junior midfielder now has three goals and four assists on the season which is good for second on the team in both categories. In addition to the two goals, Tran also made a key impact on the defensive end saving a few Harvard set pieces chances off the goal line.

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Harvard would put St. John’s under a ton of pressure in the final stages of the game, but the Red Storm would hold on for the win.

The victory sends St. John’s to a 5-1-2 record as the schedule moves into conference play.

Next, St. John’s will be hosting perennial powerhouse Georgetown on Thursday at Belson Stadium at 7p.m. in an incredibly tough matchup.

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