Monmouth Men's Soccer lost 1-0 against Hofstra, falling to 2-2 on the season in an intense, crazy, chippy back and forth game that had a lot of arguing from both teams. Hofstra improves to 3-2 on the season with the win. Both teams were aggressive right from the start, playing physical defense and not getting easy shots at all. They were locked in and focused as both teams' game plans were working until late in the second half when Hofstra scored the only goal to win the game.
Thirty-seven seconds into the game, there was a foul called on Monmouth which was an issue for both teams throughout the game. They combined for 22 fouls and three yellow cards in the first half alone. The game was starting to get chippy early as both teams were arguing with the refs about certain plays. Eventually, players got into heated exchanges from both sides. Monmouth's head coach Robert McCourt was arguing that Hofstra's Jason Ramirez was diving every time the ball was on his side.
Tensions were high for both teams during the whole game as the intensity and chippy play still carried over into the second half. The referees were unable to get control of the game as there was back and forth chirping a Hofstra player and coach McCourt in the second half. The coaches from both sides even had something to say to each other late in the game.
Hofstra was able to get the only goal of game from Francesco Perinelli with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. Perinelli was assisted by Eliot Goldthrup. Monmouth had chances to score in the game, but Hofstra was able to take away some of those shots attempts. Both goalkeepers did a great job of limiting the shots, moving from side to side quickly and resetting the play when needed. Hofstra's goalkeeper Wessel Speel helped set up the winning goal for the Pride and kept them in the game.
Monmouth has to do a better job of limiting the turnovers and cutting down on the fouls so much. The Hawks wanted to win this game so bad, but unfortunately came up short. Now they have to just forget about this game and focus on the next.
Look For Monmouth Men's Soccer to Bounce Back Against College of Charleston on September 17th Saturday at 1:00 pm.