Amanda Knaub recorded her 12th shutout of the season. (Photo courtesy of Monmouth SID)
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University women completed their perfect conference regular season schedule with a 2-0 victory over Fairfield University at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn Wednesday night.
The game featured the top two teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings and Monmouth prevailed to become the first team to complete its regular season with an unblemished record at 10-0-0. The hawks are 12-2-2 overall. Fairfield dropped to 10-5-3 and 7-2-1.
“This was a terrific send off for an amazing group of seniors,” Monmouth head coach Krissy Turner said. “They continued to build upon our culture of excellence and took it even further. They are wonderful ambassadors of our program in all facets of life. We didn’t play our best soccer of the season tonight, but we earned another shutout and achieved one of our goals of being 10-0 in the MAAC. It is now time to focus on the championship part of our season and focus on the semifinals.”
Monmouth took advantage of a corner kick in the 22nd minute to secure the lead when Maddison Perna headed home a Jess Johnson service into the far side netting.
Fairfield had its chances in the match and forced goalkeeper Amanda Knaub into making three saves. The Stags also nearly tied the game in the 88th minute when they hit the crossbar, but Monmouth cleared away the ensuing scramble to preserve the shutout.
Knaub earned her 12th shutout of the season and 42nd career clean sheet. Knaub’s 12 shutouts are the most for a Monmouth keeper since Ashley Lewis had 13 in 2013.
Lexie Palladino set up Madie Gibson in the final minute. Gibson netted her sixth goal of the season and 33rd career goal. She is tied with Brigette Sparlin (1987-90) for seventh in program history.
Monmouth will host a MAAC semifinal game at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.