WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Junior forward Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored her second goal of the weekend as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team lost to Monmouth, 4-1, Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats' record drops to 6-6-2 overall with a 5-2-1 stance in the Northeast Conference. The Hawks improve to 11-4-1 on their season with a 6-1-1 record in conference play. Quinnipiac will drop to third place in the NEC with 16 points, while Monmouth holds on to second place with 19 points.
"The score was in no way indicative of our performance this afternoon," said head coach Dave Clarke. "We took it hard to the net, but we missed several opportunities to score by hitting the post or shooting wide. We missed our second penalty opportunity of the weekend to open the game which was disappointing, but we still created chances. It just seemed like it was easier to miss the goal than hit it today."
Monmouth jumped on the board first in the 39th minute of play on a penalty kick opportunity. After a Bobcat foul inside the 18-yard box, Ali Kliment set up for the kick that she sent into the lower right corner for the 1-0 Hawks lead.
Monmouth junior Mary Wilks boosted the Hawks' lead to two in the 73rd minute of play. The forward carried the ball down the right sideline and fired a shot that beat Quinnipiac goalkeeper Biz Cook (Appleton, Wis.) on the far left side for the goal.
The Bobcats cut the lead in half in the 83rd minute with McLoughlin's second goal of the season. Sophomore Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) set up for a corner kick that was punched to the right post by Monmouth goalkeeper Lia Fierro. McLoughlin got the first touch on the deflected ball and tipped it into the right corner for the score. The assist was Velaj's team-leading eighth of the season.
The Hawks scored back-to-back goals in the 85th and the 89th minute of play to earn the 4-1 win. The third was recorded as an own goal as Monmouth junior Kim Malecki crossed a hard pass in front of the goalmouth that bounced off a Bobcat defender into the net. Wilks scored the Hawks' fourth goal and her seventh of the season when she fired a shot from 25-yards out into the right side of the net. The goal was assisted by BrieAnne Nomejko.
Cook recorded four saves in net for the Quinnipiac, while her counterpart Fierro turned aside three shots by the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac returns to action Friday, Oct. 30 when they host Robert Morris at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.