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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Hawks Dominate Nationally Ranked Wildcats

Soccer 1Monmouth men’s soccer cruised to a 3-1 victory over Villanova last Saturday at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn, . In doing so, the Hawks handed a Wildcats side ranked 25th in last week’s Top Drawer Soccer College Soccer National Rankings their first loss of the new season, after previously winning their first three.

“We’ve had some good moments [so far this season], but this is the best ninety minutes that we’ve put in for sure”, said Monmouth Head Coach Robert McCourt.

The opening seconds of the match would tell the story of what was to come after heavy pressure from Monmouth culminated in a hard cross into the area that was cleared by the Wildcats. 

After a pair of half-chances were defended well by Villanova, a Monmouth corner was punched away by sophomore goalkeeper Will Steiner, but the ball ended up at the feet of freshman midfielder Anderson Asiedu, whose volley was sent wide. Nonetheless, all of the pressure came from the home side in the first ten minutes of the match.

The visitors finally had an opportunity to do some damage, but their free kick came right to junior goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky, who caught it with ease. 

Following yet another wave of pressure from the Hawks, the Wildcats fought back. The visitors swung in a ball which was headed back towards a teammate near the eighteen, but the ensuing shot was weak and right into the hands of Klenofsky.

Monmouth had a staggering nine corners on the night.

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Hawks Edged by Holy Cross in Home Opener

PHOTO COURTESY of Taylor JacksonsFootball is back. The Hawks kicked off their 2015 season falling to the Crusaders of Holy Cross 27-19 on Sept. 5. The football program is entering its second season in the Big South Conference, where they finished 6-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play in 2014. The Crusaders, a member of the Patriot League who went 4-8 a season ago and finished 2-4 in conference play were too much for the Hawks to handle on opening day at Monmouth Stadium. The two teams played once previously in 2013 at Holy Cross, with the Hawks coming out on top 21-14.

“As a team today, I don’t think we did enough things correctly in order to win the game,” said Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan. “As I told our team, football games are difficult to win and you’ve got to be able to execute and do things right, especially in critical or important situations.

The opening kickoff sailed out of the end zone by Holy Cross junior kicker Zane Wasp to start the season for both schools. The Hawks offense, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Williams, went three-and-out in their first offensive possession of the season. Sophomore kicker Matt White punted to Holy Cross return man senior Kalif Raymond who returned the punt inside the Monmouth five yard line, but a block in the back penalty nullified that return.

The Crusaders’ offensive possession was highlighted by a long 33 yard run on third down by junior running back Gabe Guild to set up a first and goal inside the one yard line. Guild checked out for the next play and in entered sophomore running back Diquan Walker, who ran the ball into the end zone to cap off a four play, 42 yard drive and put the Crusaders on top. Senior kicker Connor Fitzgerald added the extra point to extend their lead to 7-0 with 11:22 left in the first quarter.

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