WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The #14 nationally-ranked Monmouth University men's soccer team established a new program single-season record for wins with its 15th triumph of the season on Sunday, besting Quinnipiac 2-0 on The Great Lawn. The Hawks, who top the previous record of 14 wins set by the 2006 squad, move to 15-1-1 overall this year, and 7-1-1 in the league, while the Bobcats fall to 8-3-6 and 5-2-2 in the NEC.
"This is a big win for the program today," said MU head coach Robert McCourt. "It's to finally play at home in front of our fans and I thought we got solid performances from all the guys today."
Monmouth sophomore RJ Allen (Old Bridge, N.J. /St. Joseph's) stole the show in the match, scoring his first two goals of the season. The defender started the afternoon's scoring when he worked a wonderful give-and-go with junior Hermann Award Watch List member Ryan Kinne (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck) in the 18th minute to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Allen slipped a through ball to Kinne into the box and the junior midfielder laid it off for Allen, who beat QU keeper Frederick Hall near post. The assist ties Kinne with Allen for the team lead with six helpers.
The match would remain a one-goal contest until the 53rd minute, when Allen scored a free kick from 25 yards out. The marker is Allen's third career goal and caps a six-point weekend for the sophomore after he assisted on two of Monmouth's three goals in its 3-0 win over CCSU on Friday.
"It's a great feeling to get a couple of goals," said Allen. "Kinne made a great play laying the ball off to me, and on the free kick I just tried to put it on target and it went through everyone. Today was a great win, but there is one more to go in the regular season."
Allen just missed out on what would have been a hat trick when his point blank shot in the 49th minute was stopped at the goal line by Quinnipiac defender Matthew Rothbart.
The Hawks outshot QU 13-7 in the match and held a 4-0 advantage on corner kicks. MU keeper Bryan Meredith (Scotch Plains, N.J. /Scotch Plains-Fanwood) returned and made four saves to record his 12th shutout of the season. The shutout is significant because it equals the single-season program record of 13 set in 2006.
MU returns to action on Friday in its regular season finale, hosting Mount St. Mary's at 3:00 pm on Senior Day.