Hofstra Stuns Boston College To Advance In NCAAs

Sabrina Bryan scored twice to lead Hofstra to victory. Photo: Hofstra University

The Hofstra women’s soccer team is moving on.

Buoyed by two goals from Sabrina Bryan, the Pride defeated Boston College 4-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament. The Eagles (14-5-1) were the No. 4 seed in the region and ranked No. 22 nationally in the United Soccer Coaches poll.

Hofstra will play Wisconsin on November 16. The Badgers defeated Memphis 3-0.

Porter, Hofstra
Lucy Porter

In the match played at Newton Soccer Fields in Newton, MA, on Friday, Boston College outshot the Pride 28-6, and 8-4 on goal. But all four of those shots on goal would find the back of the Boston College net.

As they have through the final weeks of the regular season and into the Colonial Athletic Association playoffs, Lucy Porter and Sabrina Bryan were again at the center of the action.

In the 24th minute, Porter put the Pride ahead as she connected with a cross from Kings Park’s Jenn Buoncore to beat BC keeper Alexis Bryant. The goal was Porter’s third in three games while Buoncore notched her 14th assist of the season and her eighth in seven matches.

Hofstra would maintain that slim lead until the 71st minute. Off a feed from Porter, Bryan would connect for her first of the game to extend the lead to 2-0. Five minutes later, Bryan would get her brace and give the Pride a 3-0 lead and control of the match.

Boston College would pull a goal back in the 77th minute. But six minutes later, Lucy Shepherd would make it 4-1 with Jordan Littleboy getting the assist.

Hofstra’s four goals came against a Boston College side that prior to the match had allowed only 12 goals in 19 matches this season. The Eagles leading scorer, Sam Coffey (12G, 14A), was held scoreless and limited to only three shots with none on goal.

In goal, Glen Cove’s Ashley Wilson would play 67 minutes making five saves. Jenna Borreson of East Meadow would make two saves in 23 minutes of action. She left the match after a collision with a BC player.

Hofstra Game Notes
  • The Pride is now 7-0-1 in the past eight matches
  • The win over a ranked team was the first under Coach Simon Riddiough in 18 tries.
  • This was the team’s first win in the NCAA Tournament since a 1-0 victory over Connecticut in 2010.
  • The four goals were the most conceded all season by Boston College.
  • Bryan now has 13 goals on the season, Porter has 11.