WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University freshman Carly Yost headed in the game-winner off a corner kick service from sophomore Dana Costello in the 103rd minute in double overtime, to pace the Hawks to a 2-1 Northeast Conference victory over Central Connecticut State on The Great Lawn on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Monmouth earned its 10th win of the season, giving the Hawks double-digit victories for the sixth straight year. Now 10-6 overall, the Hawks improved to 6-2 in league play. CCSU, which played its 12th game decided by a goal or less, falls to 4-7-5 overall and 1-5-3 in NEC action.
"We faced adversity conceeding a goal with only a few minutes left," stated head coach Krissy Turner. "But we were able to battle back and get the win."
Following a shotless and scoreless first overtime, the Hawks generated back-to-back corner kicks, served by Costello. On the second, the flight of the ball found a streaking Yost at the far six-yard box, who nodded her first career marker for the game-deciding tally at 102:21.
"It was a great service from Dana and a brilliant finish by Carly," added Turner about the decisive score.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute when senior Courtney Snyder notched her team-best tying sixth goal of the season, off a feed from junior Claudia Vazquez.
The Blue Devils knotted the match in the 87th minute when Nikki Kureczka poked in a ball off a CCSU corner kick service from Rachel Cerrone.
Monmouth held a 16-12 advantage in shots in the match, including an 11-4 edge in the second half and overtime sessions. The Hawks, who got the game-winner on the second of consecutive corner kicks in the second overtime, forced CCSU goalkeeper Nikola Deiter to make four saves.
Monmouth freshman goalkeeper Jocelyn McCoy made a career-high nine stops in net for the Hawks, who finish the regular season 6-2 at home.
Monmouth returns to action on Friday, October 28th, when the Hawks travel to Fairfield, Connecticut to face Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m.