The 23rd-ranked American University men's soccer team travelled to West Long Branch, N.J., on Sunday afternoon, and was defeated by Monmouth by a final score of 3-0.
Monmouth (5-0), which is currently ranked 24th in the NSCAA/adidas national rankings, got off to a fast start with three first half goals to put American (2-2) in an early hole. Monmouth's first goal, which was credited to Ryan Clark, came less than a minute into the match. In the seventh minute, Monmouth's Ryan Kinne gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead. The third goal of the first half came just before halftime, George Caiella gave Monmouth a 3-0 advantage, a margin that remain unchanged for the rest of the match.
The Eagles were outshot 10-8 in the match, and Monmouth held a slight 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Junior Nick Kapus led American with two shots on goal.
"Until we learn how to consistently prepare for matches, we are going to get inconsistent performances," commented American Head Coach Todd West. "Monmouth is a very good college soccer team and at some point we hope to become a good college soccer team. We were outworked today, but this team will bounce back and leaders will emerge."
The Eagles will be back in action on next Saturday, September 19 with a 1 p.m. home match versus William & Mary. The match can be watched live on Eagles Vision TV, featuring multiple camera angles, a live scoreboard and analysis from a studio broadcast team and on field reporters. To sign up for Eagles Vision TV, click here.