In their final non-conference matchup before heading into CAA play, the Monmouth University women’s soccer team (7-1-0, 0-0-0 CAA) secured a 4-0 victory over the Stonehill University Skyhawks (1-7-1, 0-0-1 NEC) in an offensive spectacle on Sunday, Sept. 18.
After 25 scoreless minutes to open the match, sophomore Chloe Ferreira put Monmouth on the board with her second goal of the season, giving the Hawks the advantage entering the second half in an otherwise scoreless first. Early in the second half of play, Monmouth increased their advantage to a 2-0 lead with a goal from forward Summer Reimet’s in the 52nd minute. The goal adds to Reimet’s impressive performance so far this season, bringing the freshman to three goals and three assists.
The scoring continued for Monmouth late into the second half, with freshman Kayla Reed earning her second goal of the season off of a shot in the 65th minute. Monmouth put the finishing touch on a strong win when sophomore Sammy Jones passed the ball to her sister, Allie Jones, who headed the ball into the back of the net to secure a last-minute goal. The shot in the final minute of play marked Jones’ first career goal as a Hawk and secured a 4-0 victory for the home team.
The goals earned by Monmouth did not come easily – the physical and competitive match drew six fouls from Stonehill and five from Monmouth, the only statistical category apart from saves in which Stonehill topped Monmouth.
The four Monmouth goals were just one part of an offensive showcase put on to conclude non-conference play, with the Hawks outshooting the Skyhawks 33-2. The win was also the product of a strong defensive effort by Monmouth, holding Stonehill to only two shots and just one shot on goal. Apart from Stonehill’s 12 saves to Monmouth’s one, the Hawks dominated the match statistically, also earning eight corners to Stonehill’s zero.
The win Sunday afternoon also holds historical significance for the Hawks. The seven non-conference wins, topped off with their victory over Stonehill, secured the 2022 team as the fourth since 1995 to earn seven or more non-conference wins, managing this feat alongside the 2008, 1996, and 1995 Hawks. Sunday’s matchup also signified Monmouth’s highest number of goals scored in their first eight games since 2000, with both seasons bearing 22.
The match also displayed the collective effort of the well-rounded Hawks. Not only did Monmouth’s four goals come from four different scorers, but 24 different players took the field for Monmouth throughout the game to contribute to the definitive win. The final score also falls in line with a pattern for the Hawks, with six of eight non-conference opponents blanked by Monmouth in shutout games. Thus, the confident win against the Skyhawks sets a great tone for Monmouth as they move to CAA play.
Monmouth takes on their first CAA opponent as they face the Towson University Tigers (7-1-1) on the road on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.