Hofstra’s women’s soccer team is headed back to the NCAA College Cup following its 5-1 win over James Madison Saturday afternoon at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The top-seeded Prided captured its third straight Colonial Athletic Association title becoming the first team to achieve the feat since William & Mary won the conference championship six times from 1996-2001.
Hofstra’s first goal would come at the four-minute mark when a cross from freshman Anja Suttner was flicked into the back of the net by Lucy Porter for her 15th of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Pride would hold that slim one-goal advantage for the next 35 minutes. That’s when junior Sabrina Bryan’s in-swinging corner kick would find its way to Megan Fisher at the back post, who scored her second of the season to double the home side’s lead.
Just three minutes after halftime, Bryan would provide some offensive of her own. Arguably Hofstra’s hottest player down the stretch, the junior from Cecil, Pa., hit a curling shot that nestled just inside the near post for a 3-0 lead.
Lucy Shepherd in the 58th minute and Porter in the 89th minute would close out the scoring for Hofstra. Iris Rabot scored the lone goal for James Madison.
Following the match, four Hofstra players were named to the CAA Women’s Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team, including Sabrina Bryan, junior midfielder Jordan Littleboy, junior midfielder Bella Richards, and the most outstanding player was junior midfielder, Lucy Porter.
With the championship victory, the Pride earned the CAA Automatic Qualifier to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. Hofstra will find out its destination on Monday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. ET on the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Selection Show.