WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Three first-half goals sent the Monmouth University women to a 3-0 victory over Marist College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn Saturday night.
Following an early save by Amanda Knaub on a breakaway, Monmouth (4-2-2, 2-0-0) capitalized on three Marist (3-6-1, 0-1-1) errors with goals on set pieces during a 13-minute stretch.
In the 27th minute, Madie Gibson’s free kick from 23 yards on the corner of the penalty area was played to the far post where Jill Conklin ran onto and headed the bouncing ball inside the post. Gibson became the second player in Monmouth history to reach 30 career assists, joining former U.S. international Christie Pearce Rampone (54).
Monmouth drew two penalty kicks in the 35th and 39th minutes that led to goals.
Dana Scheriff was taken down before Jess Johnson scored to make it 2-0. Johnson’s attempt was saved, but she knocked in the rebound that bounced right back to her. A little more than four minutes later, Alexa Correa was taken down and Lexie Palladino buried the ensuing PK.
“We have been on the road for a month, so it was good to be back home in front of our fans,” Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner said. “The crowd was terrific and our team enjoyed playing in an awesome environment. It was a good win at home and it is always great to get a shutout.”
The Hawks return to Hesse Field to host Manhattan College Wednesday at 7 p.m.