WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – A two-goal performance by Madie Gibson helped the Monmouth University women remain on top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after a 2-1 victory over Manhattan at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn on Senior Night Saturday night.
Monmouth (9-2-2, 6-0-0) has won 13 consecutive home games, the longest active home winning streak in the NCAA. The Hawks are 6-0-0 at home this season.
The Hawks have outscored their opponents 43-8 during the 13-game home winning streak.
Monmouth is 23-0-0 in MAAC games at Hesse Field.
Manhattan fell to 6-6-1, 4-2-0.
For the sixth consecutive match, Monmouth scored first as Gibson found the back of the net on a run down the left sideline. The redshirt sophomore forward sent a left-footed ball toward the far post that beat goalkeeper Kelly DiGregorio and gave Monmouth the lead less than five minutes after the opening whistle.
The Jaspers answered a little more than 10 minutes later with a goal by Emma Saul that ended Monmouth’s streak of holding its opponent scoreless for 605:55.
The game remained tied until late in the first half when Monmouth drew a free kick just outside the Manhattan penalty area. Gibson stepped up and used her lethal left foot to fire a strike into the upper corner that DiGregorio had no chance to stop.
“Tonight was a terrific team performance. We created some amazing opportunities and deserved this win,” Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner said.
Monmouth continues MAAC play at Hesse Field, hosing Marist College Wednesday at 7 p.m.