Oct. 8, 2004
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ (October 8, 2004) - The Sacred Heart women's soccer team built a 2-0 second half lead and held off a late Monmouth University surge to come away with a 2-1 win in a key Northeast Conference game Friday afternoon. Freshman Lisa Nowakowski (Rocky Hill, CT) picked up the first multi-point game of her career, recording her first career goal with an assist.
After a first half in which the ball spent most of the time in the midfield, Sacred Heart (4-6-2, 2-1-2 NEC) broke the game open with two goals in a four minute span. In the 51st minute, Nowakowski cleared the ball out of a scrum eight feet in front of the goal face, where teammate Nathalie Urbas (Pickering,Ontario) collected it and deposited into the back of the net. Four minutes later, Nowakowski weaved through the Monmouth defense to the left elbow of the penalty box where she launched a shot wide of diving Hawk keeper Abby Shiffler to the upper right-hand corner of the goal.
With 20 minutes remaining in the contest, Monmouth made a late charge as they took all five of their second-half shots in the span. The first shot found the goal as Jamie Kuhn centered a ball from the left flank and found the head of Amy Hoyer six feet in front of the goal face. Hoyer's point-blank header slipped past Pioneers' goalie Kathleen Mulheran (Edina, MN) to trim the lead to 2-1. Two minutes later, Kim Thompsen had a similar opportunity from point-blank range, but Mulheran was able to punch it over the goal.
SHU's freshman goalkeeper made six saves to pick up the win in goal for Sacred Heart. Shiffler was saddled with the loss for Monmouth as she made three saves, going the distance.
The Pioneers return to the field on Sunday afternoon when they continue their road trip down to Mount St. Mary's for a 12 pm match.