No. 9 Monroe Women’s Soccer Upsets No. 4 Daytona State in Florida
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 6, 2018 – Just three days shy of the one-year anniversary of last season's upset victory over No. 2 Monroe Community College, the No. 9-ranked Monroe College women's soccer team upset No. 4 Daytona State College on the road by a score of 3-2 Thursday evening. The Mustangs improve to 3-0 on the season with the win, while the Falcons fall to 4-1 with their first loss of the year. Freshman Mayara Queiroz Reis played the hero in Thursday's big victory, scoring both the first and third goals for the Mustangs. She notched the first score at the 7:50 mark off an assist from Yolanda Albalat to make a quick statement for Monroe. Maria Santin then followed in the 18th minute to give the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Daytona State's Autumn Sander cut the deficit in half with a goal from in close. Queiroz Reis did not waste much time pushing Monroe's lead back to two, scoring at the 21:52 mark off a feed from Alba Gonzalez with what eventually proved to be the game-winner, but at the time gave Monroe a 3-1 advantage. The Mustangs held that lead through halftime and into the latter stages of the game, but Daytona State made that no easy task for Monroe, as Micaela French scored in the 73rd minute to draw back within one. Sander had a chance to tie it up just two minutes later, but Mustang goalkeeper Marta Alemany made the stop to keep Monroe on top. The Mustangs had a few chances late in the game to add to their lead, but were unable to capitalize on a few scoring opportunities. The Mustangs continued to lock down on defense through the final whistle to hang on for the big one-goal victory. Alemany improved to 3-0 on the year with the win, making three stops in net for Monroe. Daytona State netminder Makenna Gottschalk made five saves, but yielded three first-half goals to shoulder her first loss of the year. Queiroz Reis' two goals led the way for Monroe, while Santin added her team-leading sixth score of the year in the win. Albalat and Gonzalez picked up the assists for the Mustangs. Santin led all players with eight shots in the game, while the Mustangs held a significant 24-7 advantage in shot. The Mustangs will look to keep things rolling on Friday, Sept. 7, when they take on Broward College in Davie, Fla. The game is set to kick off at 4 p.m.