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Monmouth Defeats Lafayette, 2-0

Sept. 14, 2012

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  1 2 F
 Lafayette 0 0 0
 Monmouth 1 1 2
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 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 MU - Close Costello 24:34
 MU - Costello unassisted 75:56
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Smedley 90:00 2 5
 MU - McCoy 90:00 0 1

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Lafayette women's soccer team fell to Monmouth in a 2-0 decision on Friday evening at The Great Lawn. 

Monmouth had the better of the quality chances early in the first half before finding the back of the net in the 25th minute. Dana Costello carried down the right side of the pitch before playing a ball to the far post where Nicole Close tapped it into the empty Lafayette goal. 

With 12 minutes to play before intermission, Monmouth's Claudia Vasquez had a shot from the top of the 18, but Lauren Smedley dove to her left to knock the attempt away for one of her three first-half saves. 

Trailing 1-0 after halftime, Lafayette began to put more pressure on Monmouth in the Hawks' defensive third. The Leopards' Jill Dozier missed the frame in the 54th minute before Nicole Brownell forced goalkeeper Nicole McCoy to make her first save at 62:23. 

"I was really pleased with how the team played, especially in the second half," head coach Mick Statham said. "The only thing I was disappointed with was the final score. I thought the effort, team spirit and the soccer we played was really encouraging."

Costello made her presence felt again in the 76th minute when she took control of the ball and fired a left-footed shot past Smedley to put MU ahead 2-0. 

Smedley finished with five saves in the match, while McCoy made one stop in net for Monmouth. The Hawks outshot Lafayette 13-2 and took six corners, compared to Lafayette's one. 

"When I looked at the clock for the first time in the second half there were 14 minutes to play," assistant coach Kim Pachuta added. "Our soccer was really easy to watch and our spirit, belief and confidence throughout the half was higher than we had seen all season." 

Lafayette returns home on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match with Wagner to begin a six-game homestand for the Leopards. 

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