Published: August 29, 2013
BETHLEHEM, PA. - Monmouth University junior back Alexa Freguletti (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) notched her second game-winner in as many games to open the 2013 season, as the Hawks defeated Lehigh University 1-0 at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Thursday night. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Lewis (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) added her second career shutout for the Blue and White, which improves to 2-0 to start the year.
"It was a great effort on the road tonight," stated head coach Krissy Turner, whose Hawks are 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2010. "We are grinding out results and creating good chances to score."
After a scoreless first half in which the Hawks outshot Lehigh 13-5, Monmouth got on the board in the 71st minute when freshman forward Julie Spracklin (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) found Freguletti with a quick pass which the back buried home past Mountain Hawks' reserve goalkeeper Ani Nahapetian.
Monmouth, which last posted back-to-back shutouts to open the season in 2010, held a 28-12 advantage in shots, while Lewis made five saves for her second career clean sheet.
"We have a veteran group of defenders this year, who experienced a lot last season as a core group," said Turner. "They are a year older and that experience has served them well."
The Hawks, who have outshot their opponents 44-23 in the first two matches, got six shots tonight from senior Dana Costello (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial), while freshman forward Alexis McTamney (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) added four shots, including one off the crossbar.
Ashley Blanks made four saves in the first 45 minutes of action for Lehigh.
Monmouth returns to action on Monday, September 2, when the Hawks host Seton Hall University on The Great Lawn at 7:00 p.m.
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