Bryan’s Brace Leads Hofstra Post Elon In CAA Playoffs

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Sabrina Bryan. Photo: Lee Weisman/Hofstra University

Sabrina Bryan and Anja Suttner were among four Hofstra women’s soccer players to recently garner Colonial Athletic Association First-Team All-Conference honors.

On Sunday, the duo was front and center in the Pride’s 3-1 win over Elon in the CAA semi-final at Hofstra Soccer Stadium. For the third straight year, Hofstra advances to the CAA title match, which the Pride will host Saturday at 1 p.m.

While the final score was relatively modest, Hofstra dominated play throughout outshooting the Phoenix 26-4 and did not allow a shot on goal until the 75th minute.

Bryan got things started early for Hofstra as she connected on a left-footed shot from about 20 yards out to give the Pride a 1-0 lead.

Following a period of more than 30 minutes in which the home side was unable to connect on a host of chances to extend its lead, goal number two on the afternoon would come in the 39th minute. A corner kick from Bryan would deflect toward the top of the box and Suttner would connect with the loose ball and find the back of the net to give Hofstra a 2-0 lead.

Bryan would get her brace and ninth goal of the season in the 76th minute off an assist by Amanda Ebbesson.

Elon’s Carson Jones scored what would prove to be little more than a consolation goal in the 79th minute

Freshman goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich made one save in her first post-season match to earn the victory.

Hofstra will face No. 6 James Madison in the CAA title match for the second-straight year. The game is set for 1 p.m. at Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Saturday. James Madison advanced following its 3-2 extra-time win over No. 2 Delaware. 

Game Notes

  • Hofstra improves to 7-0-0 all-time against the Phoenix. The Pride have out-scored the Phoenix, 21-7 since the start of the series and have won six of the last seven contests by at least a two-goal margin.
  • Hofstra extends its unbeaten streak to 14, the longest such streak since the 14-match unbeaten streak during the 2017 season.
  • Hofstra remains unbeaten at home (7-0-1) this season and has outscored opponents 23-6.
  • With 24 career goals, Bryan moved into ninth all-time at Hofstra, tied with Laura Greene (2008-11). She needs two more to tie Elyse Bizzozzaro (2000-04) for eighth place.