BRYN MAWR, Pa., September 21, 2018 – The No. 5-ranked Monroe College Mustangs women's soccer team continued to prove its worth as a top-ranked team in the NJCAA on Friday, defeating previously unbeaten Harcum College, 7-1, on Harcum's home turf. The Mustangs improve to 6-0-1 on the year with the win, while the Bears drop to 5-1 after their first loss.
The Mustangs wasted little time getting on the board on Friday, as Angie Ponce fired one in off a feed from Mayara Queiroz Reis at the 1:17 mark of the game for a quick 1-0 lead. Laia Munoz Danonfollowed in the 15th minute after being set up by Juliana Pires, making it a 2-0 lead. Munoz Danon added another one not even three minutes later, once again being assisted by Pires, to make it an early 3-0 contest.
Pires then got on the board herself after an assist from Francesca Sullivan in the 32nd minute to make it a 4-0 Mustang lead. Alba Gonzalez added one more before the halftime buzzer, scoring at the 40:28 mark to lead the Mustangs up, 5-0, heading into the break.
The reigning NJCAA Div. I Women's Soccer Player of the Week, Maria Santin got on the board in the 58th minute, with the assist going to Munoz Danon, pushing Monroe's lead to 6-0.
Harcum was given a penalty-kick opportunity at the 76:16 mark, and Mia Mendez was able to capitalize for the Bears' only goal of the day. Pires added one more just 65 seconds later, reaching the 7-1 final score with less than 13 minutes to play.
Marta Alemany played the first half in net for the Mustangs, and improved to 6-0-1 on the season with another win. Taylor Lewis and Jazmin Alcaraz both saw time in goal in the second half. Harcum's Taylour Little suffered her first loss of the year after giving up five goals and making eight saves.
Pires' strong afternoon pushes her season totals to eight goals, five assists and 21 points. Her five assists are first on the team, and her goals and points both rank second. Santin netted her team-leading 12th goal of the year. Munoz Danon now has six goals and four assists, while Ponce scored her third of the season and Gonzalez picked up her second. Sullivan is now tied with Munoz Danon for second on the team with four assists.
The Mustangs held possession on the offensive end of the field for much of the day, outshooting their hosts, 25-4, including a 20-2 margin in shots on goal.
The Mustangs are set to take on Region XV foe ASA College in Brooklyn on Friday, Sept. 28. The game is set to begin at 10 a.m. that morning.