WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University captured its first win of the 2014 campaign on Sunday afternoon, as the Hawks defeated American University 1-0 in their home opener on Hesse Field at The Great Lawn. Monmouth, which also registered its first shutout of the season, got the game-winner from sophomore Alexis McTamney (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) in the 61st minute.
"This is a good result at home," stated head coach Krissy Turner, whose Hawks have now won 10 straight matches at home. "When we play as a team, we show our abilities to be a talented squad."
After a scoreless first half, which saw the Hawks outshoot American 7-0 and forcing the Eagles' Sarah Dejak to make four saves, Monmouth broke through at 60:21 when sophomore Allie Girardi (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) found McTamney at the top of the box for the game-winning tally. McTamney settled the pass from Girardi, turned and fired a shot into the netting just inside the left post for the 1-0 lead, her sixth career game-winner. Girardi was credited with her first career assist for the Blue & White.
Monmouth outshot the Eagles 14-4 overall in the match, forcing Dejak to make seven saves. Nicole D'Agostino (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central/Pitt) made two stops for the Hawks, and picked up her first shutout in a Monmouth uniform.
Monmouth returns to action on Friday, when the Hawks host Bucknell University on Hesse Field at The Great Lawn at 5:00 p.m.
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