Aug. 9, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - A program that is known widely for its international prestige, St. John's Women's Soccer added another name to its list of national team standouts this summer, as Claudia Cagnina excelled for Peru during the month of July.
Cagnina, a rising sophomore for Head Coach Ian Stone, participated in Copa Lima 2016, registering three goals in as many appearances for the Peruvian squad. The tournament was instituted for the purpose of rebuilding the Peruvian Women's National Team to a position of power in the South American soccer landscape following a change in the coaching staff. While Peru did not face off against any other national squads, they took on talented club teams from Brazil and Colombia, winning convincingly each time they took the field.
"It is always an honor for any of our current or former student-athletes to be selected for a national team," said Stone. "Seeing a different style of play and coaching is always beneficial to their development as players."
The Lindenhurst High School product native proved to be one of the team's most productive offensive players from the start, scoring her first goal of the tournament in a 3-1 victory over Seleccion de Rio de Janeiro on July 5. Two days later against the Colombia-Peru Guerreras, Cagnina found the back of the net once again, propelling Peru in a lopsided 6-0 victory. On July 9, Cagnina registered another tally to put the finishing touches on her international debut, as she and her teammates cruised by Sporting Cristal, 6-0, to claim the Copa Lima championship.
A native of Long Island, Cagnina was eligible for the Peruvian National Team through her mother, who was born and raised in the South American nation.
Cagnina is the latest in a long line of Red Storm women's soccer athletes to elevate their game on the international level. On the current St. John's roster, a number of players have had the opportunity to compete for their home countries, including Anna Maria Baldursdottir for Iceland, Zsani Kajan for Hungary and Lucy Whipp for England. A pair of American Johnnies recently made appearances in United States Youth National Team training camps, as Madeline McCracken suited up for the U-19 team in January and Diana Poulin competed for the U-23 squad in May. Last and certainly not least, junior Mariela Jacome made an appearance on the highest stage possible last summer, lacing up her cleats for Ecuador in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Alumna Rachel Daly recently made her debut with the full English national team in UEFA Euro 2017 qualifying, scoring a goal in the Lionesses' 7-0 win over Serbia on June 4.
The Red Storm kicks off exhibition action tonight on Belson Stadium, welcoming UMass Lowell for a friendly at 5 p.m.