They were selected as the Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorites. And on Saturday, the Hofstra women’s soccer team lived up to those expectations.
For the second consecutive season, the Pride (15-5-1) captured the CAA championship, this year with a 2-0 road win over James Madison. Up next is the NCAA Women’s College Cup with an opponent to be determined. This will be Hofstra’s seventh appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Finishing the regular season as the No. 3 seed put Hofstra on the road for the conference tournament. Following back-to-back 1-0 wins over Delaware and Northeastern in Brookline, MA, the Pride paid a visit to James Madison.
On Saturday, Hofstra’s vaunted defense was again the story. The Pride limited the Dukes to nine shots with only two on goal. Through 270 minutes of postseason action, the now-CAA champions did not allow a goal and earned its ninth clean sheet of the season.
The offense in the finals came from familiar sources. In the 14th minute, Lucy Porter gave the Pride a 1-0 lead. Following a scrum in the box, the ball squirted loose and Porter was able to chip the ball into the back of the net.
In the 57th minute, the lead would be extended to two through a bit of fortune and hard work. A shot by Kings Park’s Jenn Buoncore was saved but spilled by Dukes keeper Hannah McShea. Sabrina Bryan, who followed the shot, tapped in the rebound. The goal was her 11th of the season and seventh in six games.