WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Columbia men's soccer team fell on the road Sunday afternoon to Monmouth, 1-0. Ryan Clark scored his first goal of the season for the Hawks in the 37th minute to give Monmouth a 4-0-1 record on the year, while dropping Columbia to 1-3-0.
The Hawks controlled most of the action in the opening half, racking up eight total shots. It would be the seventh shot of the half that would put Monmouth up. With Clark taking a corner kick in the 37th minute, he was able to bend the ball around the goal post for the tally.
Columbia was whistled for 11 fouls during the first 45 minutes, while Monmouth recorded only three.
The Columbia offense would pick up in the second half. Kyle Culbertson had the first opportunity for the Lions on a header that went wide. Nick Scott registered the first shot on goal for Columbia in the 63rd minute, but it was saved by Alex Blackburn. Henning Sauerbier had a chance in the 86th minute, but his attempt was also stopped by Blackburn.
In total, Monmouth recorded 11 shots to Columbia's four. The Hawks also became the first team this season to take more corner kicks than the Lions, holding an 8-2 edge in that category.
Columbia will look to regroup Wednesday, as it hosts St. Peter's for a 7 p.m. contest at the Columbia Soccer Stadium.