Hofstra, UNCW Battle To a 1-1 Draw

Hofstra celebrates a goal vs. UNCW. Photo: Hofstra University

The battle between the top two women’s soccer teams in the Colonial Athletic Association was a nip and tuck affair that ended with Hofstra and UNCW playing to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.

Sophomore Miri Taylor scored her seventh goal of the season in the 55th minute that allowed the Pride to overcome a one-goal deficit. 

The draw moved Hofstra to 11-3-2 overall on the season and extended its unbeaten streak to 11 (9-0-2). The Pride also remains in first place in the CAA with a record of 5-0-2.

With both teams missing on chances through the first half-hour, UNCW would eventually breakthrough. In the 32nd minute, Emily Moxley took advantage of an open net to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead.

The game-tying goal would come after a strong run by Sabrina Bryan into UNCW’s final third. Her pass would find Lucy Porter inside the 18-yard box. Porter’s cross would reach Taylor, who would find the back of the net to level the match at one.

Freshman keeper Skylar Kuzmich made a season-high six saves for Hofstra.

In addition to the match ending in a draw, the stat sheet is also reflective of the even play between the two teams. UNCW outshot the Pride 17-13, Hofstra lead in corner kicks 8-4 and UNCW had 20 fouls to Hofstra’s 16.

With the home portion of its regular season now complete, the Pride will close out 2019 on the road. Up next is a matchup with Towson on Thursday with kickoff set for 7 p.m. On Sunday, Hofstra will be in Williamsburg, Va., on Sunday to close out the regular season against William & Mary. Kickoff is 1 p.m.