The UAlbany women’s soccer team’s first game in more than 15 months proved to be a tough test, as St. John’s scored three goals in each half Sunday afternoon in Queens to race to a 6-1 victory.
It was the Great Danes’ first game since a Nov. 7, 2019, loss to Hartford in the America East tournament, and the program debut for first-year UAlbany head coach Leigh Howard.
St. John’s scored three goals in each half, with six different players finding the back of the net. Ava Collins led the way with a goal and two assists, while Jessica Garziano added a goal and an assist.
Niskayuna High School graduate Olivia Piraino scored UAlbany’s only goal, with the freshman scoring in her collegiate debut off an assist from Christina Cernuto in the 64th minute.
Piraino’s goal got UAlbany within 3-1, but Addison Hornsey scored for St. John’s just two minutes later to set off a run of three goals in 20 minutes to put the game away.
Stillwater High School graduate Brooke Pickett also made her debut for UAlbany, playing 25 minutes as a substitute.
Great Danes senior goalie Andrea Leitner made a pair of saves.
UAlbany is scheduled to play its home opener against UMass on Wednesday at noon at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
Halftime score: St. John’s 3, UAlbany 0. UAlbany scoring: Piraino 1-0, Cernuto 0-1. St. John’s scoring: Boyd 1-0, Kajan 1-0, Collins 1-2, Garziano 1-1, Hornsey 1-0, Madden 0-1, Gordon 0-2. Goalies: UAlbany, Leitner, 2 saves. St. John’s, Lipkens, 2 saves.