WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team dropped its second consecutive game Sunday afternoon at Monmouth, 2-0, on the Great Lawn. The 2-0 loss was the first time the Bobcats had been shutout in a loss in 2009 and dropped their record to 5-2-2 in Northeast Conference play. Monmouth moves into sole possession of first place in the conference standings with 22 points and a 7-1-1 mark. The Bobcats are 8-3-6 overall this season, while the Hawks are 15-1-1.
Monmouth's MJ Allen scored his first goal of the season to give his team the 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of play. Freshman Ryan Kinne collected his sixth assist of the year on the goal. The two players ran a give-and-go pass play inside the 18-yard box that beat senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) to the near post.
The Hawks took the 1-0 lead into halftime as Quinnipiac was only able to get one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes of play. Allen's goal was the only shot to reach Hall in the first half for Monmouth as the Quinnipiac defense limited the scoring chances and kept much of the Hawks' possession to the outside of the field.
Allen's second goal of the game put Monmouth up two in the 53rd minute of play. A free kick from 25 yards out beat Hall to the left side of the net and gave the Hawks the two-goal advantage.
Quinnipiac was unable to maintain offensive pressure in the second half to mount another late-game comeback. The Hawks' defense did not allow the Bobcats a shot in the final 10 minutes of play to hold on for the 2-0 win.
Hall finished the game with two saves, while Monmouth's Bryan Meredith turned aside four Quinnipiac shots in 90 minutes of action.
The Bobcats return to action in Friday, Nov. 6 when they travel to New Britain, Conn., to take on Central Connecticut State in their final regular-season game of 2009.