WOMEN’S SOCCER CLINCHES TOP SEED IN MAAC
FINAL SCORE Monmouth 2 (13-3-1, 8-1-0 MAAC) Niagara 0 (8-6-2, 4-5-2 MAAC) WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Monmouth University women's soccer team scored once in each half to upend visiting Niagara 2-0 on Wednesday morning at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn. With the victory, Monmouth secures the top seed in this season's MAAC Tournament and at least a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship with 24 points in the league standings. The Hawks solved the Niagara defense in the 30th minute when Dana Scheriff ran onto a diagonal ball from Jessica Johnson and put it past Sabrina Locas. The lead held at a goal until a half hour later when Jill Conklin volleyed in a corner kick to increase Monmouth's cushion to two goals. Monmouth captured its eighth straight win as goalie Amanda Knaub was credited with one save in the shutout win. NOTES & QUOTES "We are very excited to secure the number one seed for the upcoming tournament with one game remaining. To get another shutout against a dangerous attacking team in Niagara is a great accomplishment." – Head Coach Krissy Turner - Monmouth secured a top-two finish in the league and will host a semifinal match in the MAAC Tournament. - Monmouth is in first place in the MAAC standings with 24 points with one match remaining in the regular season. - Monmouth leads the all-time series against Niagara 13-1-0, including 13 consecutive victories. - The Hawks are now 6-1-1 at Hesse Field on The Great Lawn this year. - The Hawks have won eight consecutive games and have outscored their opponents 24-2 during the winning streak. - Monmouth's eight-game winning streak is its longest since the 2014 season when it also had an eight-game winning streak. - Monmouth improved its six-year MAAC record to 52-4-3. - Monmouth reached 13 wins for the sixth consecutive season. - Monmouth has won 34 straight games when scoring the first goal of the game. - Monmouth has used the same starting lineup for the entirety of its eight-game winning streak. NUMBERS CRUNCH - Dana Scheriff increased her season total to five goals and she now has 14 points on the year. - Scheriff's goal was the eighth of her career and three of her four career game-winning goals have come this season. - Jessica Johnson assisted Scheriff's opening goal and has a three-game point streak for Monmouth. - Jill Conklin netted her second goal in as many games and her third goal of the season. The rookie midfielder has 11 points this season. - Amanda Knaub made one stop to earn her ninth clean sheet of 2018. Knaub has 29 career shutouts, which ranks fourth in program history. - Shots were 18-5 in favor of Monmouth in the contest, including a 8-1 shots on goal advantage. Monmouth took eight corner kicks and Niagara had two. NEXT UP The Hawks close the regular season next Wednesday, Oct. 24 when they host Iona for Senior Night. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.