Hofstra WSOC Extends Winning Streak To Five

Hofstra, MIri Taylor
Hofstra University's Miri Taylor (8). Photo: Hofstra University

Hofstra’s women’s soccer team opened the conference portion of its schedule with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time home win over Drexel Thursday night. 

Sophomore Miri Taylor scored the game-winning goal for the Pride in the second minute of extra-time. With the win, Hofstra (7-3-0, 1-0-0) extended its winning streak to five. 

On the play leading to Taylor’s goal — her third of the season — Lucy Shepherd sent a left-footed cross into the Drexel box. The pass was corraled by Taylor near the penalty spot and she fired a right-footed shot past Dragon’s keeper Libby Baeza for the win.

Despite dominating the match throughout, the Pride found itself behind early. Drexel grabbed the lead in the 5th minute when Melissa Lyon found the back of the net.

The Dragons would hold its one-goal lead into the second half. In the 58th-minute graduate student Brianna Doran of Lindenhurst scored her first of the season with Taylor providing the assist from a corner kick. 

Taylor would later prove to be the hero with her goal 63 seconds into extra-time.

Freshman keeper Skylar Kuzmich made one save for the Pride to earn her seventh win of the season.

The Pride outshot Drexel 23-4 (11-2 on goal) and also held a 9-0 edge in corner kicks. Baeza made nine saves for the Dragons.

Hofstra will be back in action on Sunday when they welcome Elon University to Hofstra Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is 12 p.m.