Montilio's First-Career Goal Gives Women's Soccer 1-0 Win at Lafayette; Eagles Clinch Berth in PL Tournament

Team Celebration
Team Celebration

Freshman Michelle Montilio scored her first-career goal to give the American University women's soccer team a 1-0 at Lafayette on Friday night. With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-1 in the Patriot League, remain atop the conference standings and clinch a berth into the four-team Patriot League Tournament.

On a cold and rainy night in Easton, Pa., Montilio's goal in the 22nd minute was all the offense American (9-8, 4-1 PL) needed to come away with the important road victory. The goal came off a corner kick when senior Kelsey Brasher fed a pass to the midfielder Montilio, who put the shot past Lafayette goalkeeper Lauren Smedley.  

AU goalkeeper Arianna Efstathiou made four saves in goal to earn the shutout, her fifth of the season.

Both teams recorded eight shots, while Lafayette (3-11-2, 0-5 PL) held a slight 4-3 advantage in shots on goal. Freshman Jasmine Mohandesi recorded two shots on goal for the Eagles.

"Every game in the Patriot League is tough, especially on the road," commented American Head Coach David Bucciero. "Lafayette did a good job of pressing us in the second half. It's nice to come away with three points, and we look forward to facing Lehigh on Sunday."

With the victory, American remains tied for first place in the Patriot League with a 4-1 record. Additionally, the win guarantees the Eagles a berth into the four-team conference tournament, which will be played from November 6-8 at the site of the regular season champion.

The Eagles will play their final regular season road game of the season on Sunday, October 25, when they visit Lehigh. Match time is set for 1 p.m.