GONCALVES JOINS PROFESSIONAL CLUB IN SWEDEN
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Former Monmouth University women's soccer defender Monique Goncalves '16 has signed a professional contract to continue her career with Sunnanå SK in Sweden. Goncalves began her pro career with UMF Sindri Höfn in Iceland and last played in Portugal for Clube Atlético de Ouriense. She will join Sunnanå SK immediately and play with the club through the remainder of the season. The club plays in Skellefteå, Sweden in Swedish Women's Football Division 1, and Goncalves will join American teammates Maya Pitts (Syracuse) and Bupe Okeowow (Christopher Newport). At Monmouth, Goncalves played from 2012-2015, and helped the Hawks win three consecutive MAAC Regular Season Championships and the 2013 MAAC Tournament Championship. The 2013 team qualified for the NCAA Tournament in Monmouth's first season as a member of the MAAC. Goncalves earned a number of individual accolades as she played forward during her freshman season, before moving to the back line for her final three years. She was selected to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team in 2012, before earning First and Second Team All-MAAC honors as a sophomore and junior. Goncalves was a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection and played in 74 games over four seasons for the Hawks.