After a scoreless first half at Monmouth on Sunday afternoon, the Hawks found the game-winner in the 61st minute as American University women's soccer was narrowly edged, 1-0.
Senior goalkeeper Sarah Dejak made seven saves for the Eagles, facing 14 total shots and seven corner kicks, but Monmouth forward Alexis McTamney scored her first of the season from 18 yards out, putting it in just inside the left post.
The seven stops for Dejak were the second most in her career, stopping 11 at Fairfield last season.
It was a physical match, with 14 fouls and three yellow cards called in the 90 minute showdown.
With the late deficit, American pressed in the final 20 minutes getting several good opportunities. Senior Michaela Cowgill, coming off a goal in the team's season-opener, put one on net in the 83rd minute, but Monmouth keeper Nicole D'Agostino was able to make the save.
AU also had a late run with less than three minutes remaining and looked to be set up for the equalizer, but offsides was called, ending the chance.
Sophomore midfielder Marley Jennings led the squad with two shots, joining Cowgill with one on goal.
The Eagles return to Reeves Field this Thursday, August 28 at 4 p.m., when they host regional foe Mount St. Mary's.