WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- The Columbia women's soccer team went on the road and dropped a 1-0 decision to Northeast Conference-leading Monmouth on Sunday afternoon. After a scoreless first half, the Hawks found the back of the net in the 69th minute and held on for victory.
A minute later, Monmouth's Nicole Close had a shot to put her team on top but also missed her shot wide.
Following intermission, the Hawks had a prime chance in the 49th minute as Dana Costello hit the post with her attempt. In the 56th minute, seniors Marissa Schultz and Nora Dooley connected on a corner kick but Dooley's shot was stopped by Hawk goalkeeper Jocelyn McCoy.
Monmouth scored what would prove to be the game-winner midway through the second period. Jourdan Sayers at the far post. lifted a free kick into the box, which was played by back to a streaking Close, whose one-timer beat Lion first-year goalkeeper
Columbia had a pair of chances in the final 10 minutes to knot the contest and sent it into overtime. Sophomore Chelsea Ryan ripped a shot that went wide in the 82nd minute, and classmate Coleen Rizzo just missed on a header off a corner in the 84th minute.
Sayers came up big in the 89th minute, saving a penalty kick to give the Lions a glimmer of hope in the closing moments. But the Hawks were able to hang on over the final 1:35 to complete the shutout.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Princeton. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.