LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Highlighted by a pair of goals from senior Dana Costello (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial), the Monmouth University women's soccer team defeated Siena 2-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play, on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Hawks remain unbeaten in league play at 5-0-1, and improve to 11-1-1 overall.
"It was a terrific game, in which both teams had some great chances to score. Dana had a tremendous game and scored two nice goals," stated head coach Krissy Turner. "It was an excellent win on the road against a good team."
In the 42nd minute, Costello settled a turnover deep in Siena territory and put the Hawks in front 1-0. Costello doubled the Monmouth advantage in the 83rd minute when the senior dribbled into the area and fired a shot inside the left post for the 2-0 win.
The Hawks, who posted their ninth shutout of the year, held the conference's top-scorer Siena's Brittyan Pfaff (11 goals) to six shots, and outshot the Saints 18-11 overall. Monmouth, who forced SC goalkeeper Erin Kelly to make two saves, including one on a PK attempt, also held a 7-3 edge in corner kick opportunities.
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Ashley Lewis (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) made three stops in net for the Blue & White, en route to her eighth solo shutout and the team's ninth clean sheet of the campaign.
Saturday marked the fifth time in Costello's career she has netted at least two goals in a game, and her first since a victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on October 8, 2012. The senior also moved into ninth place all-time with 77 career points, while her 25th and 26th career tallies, move her into 11th place in goals.
Monmouth returns to action on Wednesday night, when the Hawks host in-state rival Rider University on The Great Lawn at 7:00 p.m., in MAAC action.
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