Amanda Knaub, who made her 35th consecutive start, recorded her 21st career shutout. (Photo courtesy of Monmouth SID)
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University women scored 94 seconds into its season opener and went on to defend that goal en route to a 1-0 victory over NJIT at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn Friday night.
Dana Scheriff fired a shot off the crossbar for Monmouth’s first goal of the season. The score was set up by a feed from freshman Jill Conklin, her first career point.
The goal was Monmouth’s fastest since Rachelle Ross scored 1:10 into a game against Quinnipiac Sept. 30, 2017.
It was Scheriff’s fourth career goal and third career game-winner.
Scheriff’s goal off the crossbar foreshadowed a common theme for the Hawks, but they were unable to add any more to their scoreline. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason player of the year Madie Gibson hit the woodwork once in each half and forced NJIT goal keeper Amelia Sapirman to make a tremendous save in the 70th minute.
Goalkeeper Amanda Knaub made her 35th consecutive start in goal and produced three saves for her 21st career shutout.
“A great start to the match with an early goal, however we had the momentum but didn’t capitalize on the opportunity by continuing to keep them under pressure,” Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner said. “We’ve had a great preseason, but must learn how to play consistently to our strengths.”
Monmouth is 21-12-1 all-time in season opening games and improved to 25-7-2 in home opening matches.
The Hawks lead the all-time series with NJIT, 8-1-0.
Scheriff, Conklin, Jesi Rossman and Lauren Albergo made their first career starts. A’Liah Moore made her collegiate debut off the bench.
Aug. 17 equals the earliest season-opening game in program history.
The Hawks will travel to Raleigh, N.C. to challenge Atlantic Coast Conference foe North Carolina State Monday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra).