Women’s Soccer Takes the Lead in Conference Standings

Monmouth women’s soccer takes over the lead in the MAAC conference standing after two tightly contested games last week.  A 0-0 draw against Rider and a 1-0 win against St. Peters gives Monmouth a 3-0-1 conference record. 

Sarina Jones placed the game winner into the net in the 76th minute of play against St. Peter’s on Saturday night.  Jones’ fifth goal of the season was assisted by Lauren Karabin and Jesi Rossman.

Fifth year defender Jones is a two-time Captain and a leader on and off the field.  Coach Krissy Turner said, “The manner in which she goes about her daily routine has set the tone for our program.”

Monmouth had 4 shots on goal overall and Jones’ second half goal gave Monmouth a 26-0-0 record against St. Peters. Turner said, “One of the great things about Monmouth women’s soccer is our history of success.”

Junior goalie Maddie Ogden had two saves on the night and she is now 4-2-0 for the season.  This was her second shutout for the season.  Karabin leads the team in points this season with five goals and two assists.  

Monmouth women’s soccer faced conference rival Rider University on Wednesday, Sept. 29. With a double overtime scoreless tie Monmouth remained undefeated in conference play.  

Monmouth came out strong in the first half outshooting the Rider Broncs 9-3.  Six different Monmouth players combined for nine shots against and five saves by Rider goalie Ellie Sciancalepore.

Monmouth remained dominant in the second half of regulation play.  Despite a 13-4 shot advantage in the second half the Rider defense was able to keep the Hawks from getting the ball into the net. 

Rider’s offense took seven shots overall with two of them being saved by Monmouth’s sophomore goalie  Rebecca Winslow.  The shutout is the third of the season for Winslow giving her a 3-1-1 record.

Coach Turner said, “We created many opportunities tonight, but were unable to put any away.” After 110 minutes of play, 12 different Hawks combined for a total of 28 shots and 14 shots on goal. Sarina Jones made four of those shots. 

Jones has recently been named as a candidate for the 2021 Senior Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS) Award in collegiate soccer.  She is one of 30 NCAA women’s soccer student-athletes to be in the running for this prestigious award.  

The Senior CLASS Award recognizes the total student-athlete. Candidates named have demonstrated excellence in community, classroom, character and competition.

“Sarina epitomizes the term student-athlete,” Turner said. “She has had many amazing performances on the field, leading Monmouth to a number of wins. In the classroom, she is at the top of her class.”

Jones has been recognized for her skills since she first stepped onto Hesse Field.  Some notable accomplishments include being named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team in 2017, a First Team All MAAC selection in 2018, MAAC Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2019, MAAC Co-defender of the Year and All MAAC team (2020-21) and three times named to the MAAC All-Academic.

A Chemistry major with a 3.73 grade point average, Jones has been recognized for her classroom excellence.  A member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society she has been named to the MAAC All-Academic Team three times, the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region First Team and the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Third Team honors. 

Jones has participated in several community events including Adopt a Family with the Raine Foundation, Read Across America, Big Brother Big Sister Holiday Party, Relay for Life and National Girls and Women in Sports Day.  Coach Turner said, “Sarina Jones is a winner in all facets of her life.”

Looking ahead, Jones and her teammates will travel to Fairfield on Wednesday, Oct. 6 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.