Hofstra MSOC Start Strong But Settle For Draw Vs. Dayton

Hofstra, Alex Ashton
Alex Ashton. Photo: Hofstra Univ.

It was a strong start to the 2018 season for Hofstra’s men’s soccer team, which raced out to a two-goal lead against Dayton, but ultimately had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The match between the Pride and its Atlantic-10 Conference opponents took place Friday afternoon at the Wolstein Classic at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Hofstra opened the scoring in the 34th minute as junior Peter Meyer of Massapequa took advantage of a failed clear by Dayton and found the back of the net to give the Pride 1-0 lead, which they took to halftime.

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Meyer’s teammate and fellow Long Islander Matthew Vowinkel of New Hyde Park would extend Hofstra’s lead to 2-0 with his goal in the 54th minute.

Dayton, however, would keep the pressure on Hofstra and Aiden Bean would score in the 76th minute and 87th minute to bring the match level.

The star of the game for Hofstra was senior keeper Alex Ashton who made a career-high seven saves including a pair in overtime to preserve the draw.

While the match was even on the scoreboard, Dayton otherwise dominated on the stat sheet outshooting Hofstra 22-6 and earning nine corner kicks to the Pride’s four.

Hofstra will be back in action on Sunday when they take on tournament host Ohio State at 2:30 p.m.

Information for this story provided by Hofstra’s Office of Athletics Communications.