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Both St. John's men's + women's soccer still undefeated in league- despite ties

Both St. John’s soccer squads remain unbeaten in Big East Play after losing leads to some of the league's top challengers.

Zsani Kajan
Zsani Kajan
Wendell Cruz

St. John’s got back on the pitch with three games between the men and women. The men went 1-0-1 to end non-conference play and focus on conference play while the women drew their only match of the week. The matches are recapped below.

Men’s Soccer

St. John’s 1 | Princeton 0

The Johnnies blanked the Princeton Tigers in a close match that was leaning in the Tigers' favor for most of the game.

Freshman F Micaah Garnette posted the game’s lone goal in the 79th minute; it was Garnette’s first collegiate goal. The freshman F’s tally came assisted by D Lucas Bartlett and M Atila Ashrafi.

Garnette found the back of the net just 10 minutes after coming off the bench and played only 19 minutes in the game, the 2nd shortest outing of his Johnny career thus far.

On the other side of the ball, GK Luka Gavran eliminated any damage the Tigers hoped to inflict by winning the shots and shots on goal battles 11-7 and 4-3 respectively. The shutout was Gavran’s 4th straight, and his 6th of the season.

St. John’s 1 | Connecticut 1

The Johnnies recorded a draw in their second away match of the week with a painful draw against a UConn team that entered the match 0-2 in conference play.

For the 7th straight game, the Johnnies found the back of the net first with a strike in the 23rd minute from D Lucas Bartlett and assisted by M Brandon Knapp.

The Red Storm didn't hold the advantage for long. The Huskies followed suit and knotted the game up for good just 98 seconds later in the 24th minute.

The match was riddled with shots from both sides. The Johnnies recorded 13 of the 23 total shots in the match and five of the nine shots on target.

The match proceeded to go to two 10-minute overtime periods where neither side was able to score the golden goal.

The Johnnies (7-2-1) will get back to action Wednesday as they host the #25 Providence Friars and then travel to take on the Villanova Wildcats. The Friars (2-0-1) and Wildcats (3-0) are the only teams ahead of the Johnnies in the Big East standings this young season.

Women’s Soccer

St. John’s 1 | Butler 1

The ladies played only one match last week with a nail-biter against the Butler Bulldogs in Queens.

Zsani Kajan continued her scoring tear into the season with a goal in the 15th minute assisted by Isabelle Aviza and Nicole Gordon. Kajan’s 11th goal put her in a tie at the top-3 in the nation for goals, just one behind 2nd (Georgia's Mollie Belisle) and a pair behind first-place Nicole Douglas of Arizona State.

The Bulldogs leveled the match after swinging the momentum in the 62nd minute and never looked back. While the match ended in a draw, the Bulldogs maintained possession after their leveling goal and posted an 8-5 advantage in chances following their score.

The match was the first result of the conference slate for either team that wasn’t a win, with both teams entering 2-0-0.

Like the men, the ladies (6-2-2) will face two conference opponents next week that enter the week ranked higher than the Johnnies. Thursday, October 7th, the ladies will travel to Cincinnati to take on the 2nd place Xavier Musketeers before ending the week at home on Sunday against the 4th ranked Hoyas.