Oct. 31, 2008
West Long Branch, NJ - Monouth goalkeeper Bryan Meredith made a career-high nine saves to log his seventh shutout of the season and The Hawks scored two goals within eight minutes of each other to post a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart in Northeast Conference men's soccer action Friday on The Great Lawn. The Pioneers outshot Monmouth 16-7 and held a 6-0 advantage on corner kicks in the match but couldn't get a ball in the net.
Monmouth controlled the action and the lion's share of the possession in the first half as they built their early one goal lead. After pressing the action, Monmouth's Rob LaRocca was brought down in the box and the Hawks were awarded a penalty kick. Sophomore Ryan Kinne took the penalty kick and beat the keeper to the left to put MU up 1-0 three minutes before intermission.
Kinne struck again in the second half when he stole the ball on the SHU side of the field and created a break the other way for Monmouth, finding Andreas Klang for the goal in the 50th minute. The marker was Klang's first of the season, with Kinne registering his fifth assist of the year, tying him for the team lead. From there, MU hung on and played tough defense to blank SHU.
Senior Luke Gagliardi (North Branford, CT) had a team high four shots for the Pioneers while junior Felipe Celikkaya (Flintbek, Germany) put three ball towards the goal.
Sacred Heart will look to stay in the hunt for the NEC playoffs Sunday when they visit first place Mount St. Mary's. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.