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Men's Soccer Gains First Point in Double O.T. Tie

MSOC 09.25.19Men’s soccer ended the week with a loss and a tie as they were defeated by Princeton 1-2 on Wednesday and tied with Binghamton after a scoreless bout on Saturday.

The Hawks were able to jump to an early lead when sophomore forward Sebastian Rodriguez scored to give the Hawks their first and only lead of the match. Assisting on the goal was freshman forward Julian Gomez.

Their lead would not last as Princeton would score off a corner in the 21st minute. The score would remain 1-1 all the way until halftime.

In the 68th minute the tie was broken when Princeton was awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the box. The Tigers converted on their penalty shot to make the score 2-1 which would ultimately be the final of the game.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted tonight, but the team continues to work very hard,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt. “It was another exciting night of soccer on The Great Lawn. We’re going to continue to build in an effort to get ready for conference play with a lot of new players.”

The blue and white fought until the final whistle in this one and were competitive with Princeton on the box score. The Tigers held a slight advantage over the Hawks in corner kicks by a total of 9-4. They only tallied one less shot on goal than the Tigers did and both teams had 3 saves to their total. Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Murray was the one responsible for the saves in net for the Hawks.

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Dragons Slayed 5-0 by Field Hockey

FH 09.25.19Field Hockey finished the week with a win and a loss at So Sweet a Cat Field after beating Drexel by a score of 5-0 and losing to William & Mary 3-1.

In their game against Drexel, The Hawks started off hot as they were able to get nine shots off against their opponent in the first quarter. Monmouth’s first goal against Drexel came in the 10th minute when freshman forward Yasmin Pratt deflected a ball in the corner. Pratt’s goal was assisted by junior midfielder Ireen Frenken who currently leads the Hawks in assists with four.

Roughly a minute later, the Blue and White added another goal to their lead as midfielder Aylin Aufenacker tacked on another goal off of a breakaway.

Graduate student Stefanie Bigler piled onto the lead four minutes into the second quarter. This was the third goal of her career as a Hawk. Monmouth ended the first half in commanding fashion as they held a 3-0 lead and outshot the Dragons 12-5.

The Hawks other two goals of the contest both came in the fourth quarter and came off the same stick. Freshman forward Colleen Craven scored the first two goals of her collegiate career only 54 seconds apart from each other. Craven became the fourth Hawk this season to have a multi-goal game. She is also the third freshman to do so.

“It was important for us to bounce back from Rutgers,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio. “It was great getting contributions from many different people and correcting our mistakes from last weekend.” 

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Football Plays In Front of Largest Crowd Ever

FB 09.25.19Football played in front of their largest crowd in program history at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on the road against #19 Montana falling by a final score of 47-27 on Saturday afternoon.

23,119 fans looked on as the Hawks’ fifth-year quarterback Kenji Bahar lit up the field in the loss completing 34 of 50 passes for 393 yards and three total touchdowns one of which was on the ground. He also threw two interceptions and was sacked three times by the Montes defense.

Bahar’s final touchdown came early on in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard pass to junior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV to bring it back to a one possession game, 33-27. Moore IV had another strong game hauling in seven receptions on the day for 104 yards and a score.

It was Montana who got the last laugh however at home scoring the final two touchdowns of the game leading to the 20-point margin of victory.

Bahar spread the ball around in the loss completing eight passes to junior wide receiver Terrance Greene Jr. who had career highs in both receptions and yardage with eight snags for 99 yards. Bahar also the ran the ball himself six times for 22 yards including a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that made the deficit 33-20.

It was not just the offense that kept Monmouth in the game against the 19th ranked team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), the defense was all over the field forcing two turnovers.

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Women's Soccer Wins MAAC Debut

WSOC 09.25.19The Monmouth University women’s soccer team kicked off Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play on Saturday Sept. 21 with a 3-1 win over rival Saint Peter’s University. This win makes them undefeated in conference play so far (1-0-0) and improved their overall record to 3-2-2.

Monmouth found the scoreboard quickly thanks to a goal by fifth year forward Madie Gibson in the eighth minute of the match. Gibson’s second goal of the season was assisted by senior midfielder Lexie Palladino.

Saint Peter’s replied with their own goal in the 24th minute of the match to make the score 1-1. The lone score for the home team was executed by sophomore forward Julianna Murrill who sent a shot past her defender from 30 yards out, sending the ball into the top left corner of the goal just out of reach of Monmouth’s senior goalkeeper Amanda Knaub.

Murrill’s goal was the first in five games for the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, and her first of the 2019 season.

The score would remain tied 1-1 until the second half of the game when the Hawks scored their second goal. Just minutes out of the locker room senior forward Dana Scheriff scored her second goal of the season with an assist by Gibson. Gibson sent the ball into the penalty area and Scheriff made the goal with a left-footed shot into the far side to put the Hawks back in the lead.

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Upcoming Games 09-18-19

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Men's Soccer vs Princeton
Hesse Field on The Great Lawn
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

Field Hockey vs Drezel
So Sweet a Cat Field
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

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Men's Soccer Remains Winless After Defensive Battle

MSOC 09.18.19Men’s soccer fell just short in a tough, well-played defensive battle at Colgate on Sunday losing by a final score of 1-0 to drop their winless record to 0-4-0 on the season.

Monmouth’s sophomore goalkeeper Sean Murray put together another strong performance in net for the Hawks recording five saves including back-to-back diving efforts in the second half to keep the score locked at zero. That makes 107 total saves for Murray in just 21 career starts in his collegiate career. The defensive side of the ball was far from the issue for the blue and white as they only allowed one goal on 13 shots while getting barely outshot by Colgate 13-12 as a team.

MU’s 12 shots were a season-high for the squad who put four on goal including two from junior midfielder John Antunes who attempted four shots total. Antunes had the first shot on goal of the game in the 33rd minute when he was denied in the lower right corner of the net by a Colgate save. The Hawks had another strong opportunity to take the lead in the 59th minute when sophomore forward Sebastian Rodriguez went for it all with a strike from 25 yards that clanged off the crossbar.

The Raiders lone goal and eventual game-winner came in the 71st minute. The Hawks had a chance to tie it right back up ten minutes later when they were gifted a penalty kick. The Colgate keeper read it beautifully however and rejected the MU scoring chance with a diving save to his left.

Monmouth came close to knotting the score up in the final seconds when Murray launched a last chance boot down the field to sophomore forward Ebenezer Owusu who got an opportunity for the equalizer inside the box. Colgate was able to deny the Hawks just like they had been all day wrapping up their first victory of the year while sending the blue and white home winless.   

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Football Seals O.T. Thriller

FB 09.18.19Football squeaked out a 38-35 overtime victory for the ages with a game-winning kick by senior kicker Matt Mosquera against Albany on Saturday afternoon at Kessler Stadium.

Mosquera earned Big South Honors for the second consecutive week being named conference Player of the Week after going a perfect 3-3 on extra points and accounting for 12 of Monmouth’s 38 on his own. He capped off an excellent day by drilling the 25-yard winner to make him 3-4 on field goals including a long 47 yarder.

“You just have to look at what you did wrong on the last kick, come back, adjust, and trust yourself,” said Mosquera. “You have to have confidence in yourself.”

Confidence was one of the keys of the game for the Hawks who converted twice on crucial third and fourth downs where fifth year quarterback Kenji Bahar went for the endzone converting game-changing over-the-shoulder touchdown passes to junior wide receiver Lonnie Moore IV. Bahar completed 23 of 37 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in the win while five of those went to Moore IV for 76 yards and two scores.

The first points of the game came early in the first quarter as Monmouth ran a fast-paced offense that included multiple screen passes to junior wide receiver Joey Aldarelli and carries for junior running back Pete Guerriero. The blue and white moved right down the field finishing strong with a 26-yard Guerriero touchdown up the middle giving them the early 7-0 advantage. Last week’s Big South Player of the Week compiled a career-high 36 carriers on the day finishing with 179 total yards and a score.

“I do a lot of conditioning and stuff like that to prepare,” said Guerriero. “I live for those moments.”

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Field Hockey Splits Home Games with Hat Trick

FH 09.18.19Field Hockey split their two games of the week at So Sweet a Cat Field after defeating University of Pennsylvania by a score of 4-2 on Friday and losing to Rutgers 1-2 on Sunday.

After a scoreless first quarter against Penn, the Hawks fell into a 2-0 early hole in the 2nd quarter but did not allow another goal the rest of the way.

Monmouth scored their first goal in the 23rd minute when freshman forward Yasmin Pratt found the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season to cut the deficit in half.

The blue and white tied the game up in the 39th minute when sophomore forward Annick van Lange netted her first goal of the game to even up the score at 2-2. Assisting on van Lange’s goal were junior midfielder Meg de Lange and junior defender Hannah Schiavo.

In the 52nd minute van Lange scored her second goal of the contest to give the Hawks their first lead of the game. The Hawks defense was put to the test in the final minutes of the matchup.

The Quakers were on the attack on the last legs of the game as they pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. A resilient Monmouth defense was able to hold their one goal lead and blocked away three shots from Penn. Monmouth also got the ball out of their own zone and van Lange was able to score to complete the hat trick as well as seal the game in the final minute of Friday’s contest.

“It was fantastic to see our team have the resiliency on the defensive side and to also continue to be strong on the attacking side,” said Head Coach Carli Figlio.

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Women's Soccer Shocks Texas 4-0

WSOC 09.18.19The Monmouth University women’s soccer team acquired their third and fourth consecutive shutouts this week. Their match against Drexel University on Thursday, Sept. 12 ended with a scoreless tie. Later in the week they amped things up for their match against the nationally ranked No. 25 school, the University of Texas on Saturday, Sept. 15 emerging with a 4-0 victory.

The Hawks led the first half of the Drexel match, but were unable to bypass Drexel’s senior goalkeeper Libby Baeza. Monmouth led with a 15-6 edge in total shots on goal, and when it looked as though senior forward Madie Gibson was going to earn a point for Monmouth, it was thwarted by an offsides call.

“The first half was our best soccer of the year,” said Head Coach Krissy Turner. “Unfortunately we didn’t score a goal or two in that time. We will continue to work on our play in the final third to gain more confidence in front of goal.”

Later in the week, the Hawks took on a Top 25 opponent, the University of Texas Longhorns, and emerged victorious. The 4-0 shutout is the team’s fourth consecutive win of the 2019 season, as well as their first Top 25 victory since Aug. 29, 2010 when they shutout Rutgers 1-0.

Although this was Monmouth’s first time ever playing against Texas, they made their mark on the Longhorns by breaking their 18-game home regular season win streak.

The 4-0 sweep is not only senior goalkeeper Amanda Knaub’s 34th shutout, the third highest in Monmouth history, it is also the Longhorns’ worst home-game loss since their last 4-0 shutout against Washington State in 2009, 10 years ago.

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Upcoming Games 09-11-19

Thursday, Sept. 13

Women's Soccer at Drexel
Vidas Field
Philadelphia, PA 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13

Field Hockey vs Penn
So Sweet a Cat Field
West Long Branch, NJ 3:00 p.m.

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Men's Soccer Falls in their Second Game of the Season

WSOC 09.11.19Men’s soccer lost their second game of the season to the University of Pennsylvania by a score of 2-0 on Friday night at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn.

The Hawks fell to a 2-0 deficit early in the contest and were never able to claw their way back into it. Penn scored their first goal of the game just nine minutes into the match and quickly followed with another goal in the 17th minute. That would be the end of the scoring for the rest of the match as it turned out.

“We had a tough start to the game,” said Head Coach Robert McCourt. “Full credit to Penn for that.”

Penn had the advantage on the stat sheet as well. They out-shot Monmouth nine to four on the night while also not allowing a single shot on goal.

Monmouth’s best opportunity came in the 30th minute when junior midfielder Chris Scheuerman sent a bullet at the goal that flew wide.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sean Murray finished the day with three saves on five shots on goal. One of his saves was a diving stop that came in the 49th minute that kept the game at a two-goal deficit. In just 19 career starts Murray now has a grand total of 97 saves.

The Hawks did not lose in every statistical category, however. They did lead in the saves department 3-0 but were unable to get a single shot on goal. Monmouth also took five corner kicks while the Quakers only had four.

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