WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Senior Chelsea Smith (Terryville, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal to lift the Quinnipiac women’s soccer team to a 2-1 Northeast Conference win at Monmouth on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 4-8-1 overall and 3-4 in conference play, while the Hawks drop to 9-6-0 and 5-2 in league action.
“Today we took our chances and gave ourselves something to hold on to,” said head coach Dave Clarke. “We’ve deserved this win and now we can play with confidence, create chances and win a big game on the road.”
The Bobcats took an early lead when junior Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) scored in the 10th minute of play. Fellow classmate Crystal Burns (Overland Park, Kan.) found Edwards on a low cross that was driven into the box. Edwards then gave the Bobcats the 1-0 advantage as she notched her third goal of the season on a shot into the far side of the goal.
Monmouth tied the score, 1-1, in the 25th minute, when sophomore Dana Costello took a free kick just outside the box. Costello fed junior Stacy Kadell the ball which she then shot below the crossbar for the draw.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, the Bobcats increased their lead, 2-1, on Smith’s first goal of the season. Smith launched a shot from the left side of the field, finding the upper-right corner of the net for the game-winner.
The Bobcats’ outscored the Hawks, 10-8, in the NEC victory. Additionally, Quinnipiac senior goalie Jill Kelley made two saves in net and increased her 2011 record to 4-8-1, while Monmouth keeper Jocelyn McCoy had five stops in the outing.
Quinnipiac continues NEC play on the road at Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday, Oct. 23 at noon.
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