Kajan’s Hat-Trick Leads St. John’s Past Stony Brook

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St. John's Zsani Kajan. Photo: Greg Sleter, SleterFC.com

Sophomore Zsani Kajan’s hat-trick and three assists from Lindenhurst’s Claudia Cagnina led an offensive outburst for St. John’s in their 5-1 win over Stony Brook Sunday night in women’s soccer play at Belson Stadium.

The win moves St. John’s to 3-3 on the season while Stony Brook falls to 2-4.

After spotting the Seawolves an early 1-0 lead when Julie Johnstonbaugh scored in the third minute off an assist from Alyssa Francese, Kajan and Cagnina would combine for the first time in the 24th minute to tie the game at 1.

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While St. John’s outshot Stony Brook 6-3 in the first half, the teams were evenly matched and went to halftime tied at 1.

The Red Storm would take control of the match early in the second half as Lucy Whipp scored in the 49th minute off an assist from Cagnina and six minutes later Samie Scaffidi would provide the highlight of the night as her blast from just outside the box found the top right corner of the goal.

Kajan would score her second of the game in the 77th minute off an assist from Cagnina and complete her hat-trick 10 minutes later through an assist from Melville’s Christina Bellero.

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Kajan’s hat trick was the first by a St. John’s player since October 2015, when Rachel Daly scored three times in a 4-0 home win over Creighton.

Cagnina’s three assists were a career high and just one off the program record set by Jennifer Contesini in 1995 and Marissa Stork in 1999.

St. John’s keeper Jordan Kamp had two saves in earning the win. Stony Brook’s Sofia Manner made five saves.

Up next for St. John’s is a trip to the west coast where they will face Long Beach State on September 7 and Pepperdine on September 9. Stony Brook, after starting the season with six straight matches on the road, will open the home portion of its schedule against NJIT on September 6.