Hofstra Draws Boston College To Open NCAA Tournament

Hofstra, Porter
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The Hofstra women’s soccer team’s second straight trip the NCAA Women’s College Cup will begin Friday in Massachusetts.

The Pride will be heading north to take on Boston College at Newton Soccer Field. Kickoff for the first round game is 7 p.m.

Simon Riddiough’s team earned the Colonial Athletic Association’s automatic bid on Sunday after its 2-0 win over James Madison. In winning all three CAA tournament matches the Pride did not allow a goal in 270 minutes of action.

Hofstra (15-5-1) has won six straight and has not allowed a goal since its 4-3 win over Elon on October 14. Its defense is led by Westbury’s Madeline Anderson. She was named 2018 CAA Defensive Player of the Year and the CAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

On the offensive side, sophomores Sabrina Bryan and Lucy Porter have each played major roles in the back half of the season. Bryan has seven goals over the past six games, including the second goal Sunday against James Madison. Porter has four goals in her past six matches and scored the first goal against JMU in the CAA final.

Ranked No. 20 by United Soccer Coaches, Boston College (14-4-1) has been one of the nation’s top teams throughout the season.

On offense, the Eagles are led by Sam Coffey. Through 19 games the sophomore has a team-leading 38 points with 12 goals and 14 assists. Defensively, Boston College this season has allowed only 12 goals with 10 clean sheets.

This year’s NCAA appearance is Hofstra’s seventh in program history and the third in the past four seasons. The Pride is 2-6-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

The two teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. Boston College won 3-1 in the 2010 second round. Two years later the Eagles topped the Pride 2-0.