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MONMOUTH'S NEC TITLE BID FOILED ON SECOND OVERTIME PENALTY KICK

Published: November 4, 2011
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NOVEMBER 4, 2011

LORETTO, PA. - Monmouth University fell 2-1 on an awarded penalty kick in the 105th minute of the second overtime session, to No. 2 seed Long Island University on Friday afternoon. With the second Northeast Conference semifinal tied a 1-1 in the second extra session, LIU's all-time leading scorer Ariana Calderon was awarded a penalty kick and converted for the winning score.

LIU advances to the NEC Championship game on Sunday at noon, against top-seeded Saint Francis, which advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks in the first semifinal after a scoreless 110 minutes of play with Sacred Heart.

Monmouth took a 1-0 lead in the opening half, when junior defender Stacy Kadell (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional), a First Team All-NEC performer, notched a score off an assist from fellow All-NEC first-teamer sophomore Dana Costello (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial). Prior to the play, freshman Jill Root (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), an All-Rookie Team selection, was taken down outside the box, allowing the Hawks a set piece. Costello found Kadell with a rolling ball and the defender launched a left-footed service into the far net for the 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.

The Blackbirds knotted the score in the 56th minute when Ruby Leon lifted a cross into the box that Kayleigh Morgan headed into the net for the equalizer.

Following a scoreless end to regulation and first overtime session, Calderon was awarded the penalty kick in-between two defenders, at 104:56 and the senior converted for the decisive score.

Long Island (12-7) held an 8-3 advantage in shots in the match, while the Hawks had a 6-4 edge in corner kick opportunitites.

Costello recorded her 10th assist of the season in the game, increasing her team-leading point total to 20.

Freshman goalkeeper Jocelyn McCoy (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding), also an All-NEC Rookie Team selection, made two saves in net for the Hawks.

Monmouth, which finished the season 11-8 overall, registered its sixth straight campaign with a double-digit victory total.
 
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