NEW ROCHELLE, New York - When the two Monroes take to the pitch, fans usually get their money's worth.
Saturday's NJCAA Top-10 matchup was no different, as the eighth-ranked Monroe College Mustangs scored early in overtime to defeat the second-ranked Monroe Community College Tribunes 2-1 in a tense, early-season women's soccer battle.
Yolanda Albalat and the Mustangs wasted no time in the extra session, taking a feed from Juliana Pires and sneaking it past Tribune keeper Kirsten Lane for the game-winning score. It was the season opener for Monroe College, while MCC fell to 2-1-0 on the season.
Lane kept the Mustangs from taking the lead with a pair of saves not long after the equalizer. The Tribune defense also turned away a Monroe corner opportunity in the 88th minute, while MCC couldn't capitalize on their own corner with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
Lane finished with six saves on the game.