WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Rachelle Ross’ goal with five seconds remaining capped a 2-1 comeback victory for the Monmouth University women over Drexel University at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn Friday night.
Monmouth (3-2-1) won its 10th consecutive home match, outscoring its opponents 38-7 during that span. Drexel dropped to 3-4-0.
The game seemed destined for extratime before Sophie Centi took control of the ball in the midfield and sent a pass to the far side for Madie Gibson. Gibson broke in on a 2-on-1 with Ross, drew the Drexel defense in and sent a right-footed pass across to Ross for the game-winner.
“This was a terrific win against a very good team,” Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner said. “I am very proud of the daily improvement of this team. To come back from being down a goal is a difficult task, but we battled through and earned the result.”
Drexel scored first in the 60th minute when Shaelyn McCarty sent a right-footed rocket into the top corner past goalkeeper Amanda Knuab. McCarty hit the bouncing ball in the box, after the Hawks’ defense blocked a shot moments earlier, to put the visitors in front.
Monmouth responded a little more than eight minutes later when Jessica Johnson sent a through ball to Lexie Palladino, who one-timed a shot at the end of her run just inside the Drexel penalty area for a 1-1 deadlock in the 68th minute
Drexel nearly regained the lead four minutes later when Madison Dunn’s volley off a corner kick struck the crossbar, before her rebound attempt sailed high.
The Hawks close non-conference play when they travel to Hofstra University at 1 p.m. Sunday.