WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – A penalty kick and a late header sent Niagara University past the Monmouth University men, 2-0, Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks (0-8-1, 0-2-0) held a 19-13 advantage in shots and possessed the ball for 61 percent of the time, but a pair of second-half tallies gave the Purple Eagles (4-6-0, 0-2-0) their second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win.

“I thought we played quite well for about 70 minutes or so, creating scoring chances and keeping possession,” Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt said. “We had a moment go against us to make the score 1-0 and that kind of unsettled us. We need to build on those first 70 minutes and come back strong on Wednesday.”

In the 64th minute, Monmouth was called for a trip inside the box. Niagara’s Absalom Solorio-Villalpando placed the ball in the bottom right corner for the 1-0 lead.

In the 71st minute, the Purple Eagles tacked on another goal with a turnaround cross and header.

Monmouth will look to rebound when they host Siena College Wednesday.