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Monday, October 29, 2007

MU soccer week/Poll at bottom

This will lead the local college notebook in the Press Tuesday




By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER
With the regular season entering its final week the Northeast Conference leading Monmouth University women's and men's soccer teams hope to claim simultaneous championships for the first time.
With the respective Northeast Conference Tournaments being played at the home fields of the regular season champions Monmouth's women could host the four-team event Nov. 9-11. The men's finals are Nov. 16-18 with both winners advancing to the NCAAs.
Though there are various championship scenarios involving both teams the Monmouth women (9-3-4, 5-1-1) would advance to the brink of their first regular season crown in seven years 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with a victory on the Great Lawn vs. second place second place Central Connecticut State (8-6-1, 5-1). The game's real time progress can be tracked at wwww.GoMUhawks.com.
On the men's side first place place could be decided Sunday in Loretto Pa. when Monmouth (11-3-2, 6-1) tangles with second place St. Francis, Pa. (7-7-2, 5-1-1) in the last game of the regular season.
Monmouth women's coach Krissy Turner said Tuesday's game is likely for all the marbles. ""I feel confident in saying the winner of the game has a very strong chance of hosting the tournament,'' said Turner.
""For both teams its the third game in five days,''said Turner. ""I'm hoping our depth will allow us to persevere through that fatigue.''
Monmouth has posted a 15-0-3 record in its last 18 home matches, including 5-0-2 this year.
Monmouth swept two games from CCSU last year winning in overtime in New Britain, Conn., 3-2, and 2-1 at Monmouth in the NEC Tournament semifianls.
Senior Amy Hoyer's five goals lead Monmouth with sophomore Andrea Lopez (Ocean Township) tallying four.
Freshman goalie Lia Fierro has allowed 0.86 goals per game.
CCSU rides onto the Great Lawn on a five game winning streak and winners of six of its last seven games.
It was also the last NEC team to top the Hawks in West Long Branch gaining a 3-2 overtime victory Oct. 28, 2005.
The Monmouth men's game at St. Francis, Pa. is a rematch of the 2006 NEC Tournament final where Monmouth prevailed 1-0 on a goal by Damon Wilson in the 82nd minute.
Friday Monmouth plays at Robert Morris (6-7-3, 1-4-2) while St. Francis is at home vs. Mount St. Mary's (4-10-1, 2-5).

For more info on Monmouth and all the NEC teams access the NEC web site...


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