November 8, 2009

Women's Soccer Falls in Northeast Conference Championship 1-0 to Monmouth on Sunday

Monmouth's Mary Wilks scored 1:02 into overtime to top#1 seed Central Connecticut 1-0 on Sunday in the 2009 Northeast Conference Championship game. With the loss the Blue Devils end their season with a 12-7-2 record. Three Blue Devils were named to the NEC All-Tournament Team, including seniors Leah Blayney and Caity Casey and junior Clio Tregear. The loss is the first at home for the Blue Devils in the last 17 games.

Neither team could find the goal in the first half, but the Blue Devils had a couple of chances.

Freshman Erin Egan's cross in front of the goal in the 35th minute just missed teammate Cara Cavallari who would have had a good look at the goal. Blayney had a pair of chances in the first half, one that was saved by the Monmouth keeper. A second attempt went just high on a shot just outside the box.

The Blue Devils held a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first half. Casey made a pair of saves in the first half. Monmouth keeper Lia Fierro made one.

Monmouth threatened in the first five minutes of the second half. On a corner kick, the ball was loose in front of the net and Central's Abby Graham finally headed the ball out of the box to stop the scoring chance. The corner kick led to a shot that off the crossbar for the Hawks, leading to the action in front of the goal.

Wilks had a shot with just over three minutes to play in regulation, off a turnover by the Blue Devils at midfield. Her shot went just high over the goal and the game remained scoreless.

Wilks scored the game-winner just over a minute into overtime. She took a feed from Alessandra Detata and beat Casey to the high right side of the goal for the 1-0 victory.

Monmouth wins the title for the second time in three seasons. The Blue Devils lose for just the second time ever in the conference final, falling to 7-2 all-time in championship games.

Monmouth finished the game with a slight 13-12 edge in shots. Casey had three saves as did Monmouth's Fierro.