With the win, the Pride improves to 2-3 on the season. The Seawolves fall to 4-2.
The renewal of the Long Island Derby between the two Long Island-based Division I soccer teams was another tight contest. The crowd gathered at LaValle Stadium on the Stony Brook campus saw both teams get out to strong starts with early goals, but then fail to score again until deep into extra time.
The Pride got on the scoreboard first in the eighth minute. On the scoring play, Taylor sent a cross through the Stony Brook box that found Lucy Shepherd along the far end line. Shepherd one-touched a pass to Lucy Porter in the middle of the penalty area and she finished to give Hofstra the early lead.
But seven minutes later, Stony Brook would get even. Erin O’Connor of Setauket fed Alyssa Francese down the right flank. Seeing Hofstra keeper Skylar Kuzmich off her line, Francese’s shot from 25 yards out curled around Kuzmich to tie the game at one.
While both teams had opportunities to get a second goal, the score would remain tied 1-1 through regulation and into the second 10 minute period of extra time.
The game-winning goal would come in the 104th minute. Following a turnover near midfield, Bella Richards would find Sheppard down the right-wing. Sheppard would then deliver a cross to Taylor who volleyed home the game-winner past Seawolves keeper Sofia Manner.
Hofstra dominated the offensive side of the ball outshooting Stony Brook 17-5 (8-2 on goal). Junior Sabrina Bryan led all players with seven shots (four on goal). Kuzmich made one save in the win while her Seawolves counterpart Manner made six saves.
Up next for Hofstra is a home match against Farleigh Dickinson University on September 12. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Stony Brook will next play Thursday on the road against No. 22 West Virginia. Game time is 7 p.m.
- Hofstra is now 12-3 all-time against Stony Brook and now owns a 10-match winning streak over the Seawolves dating back to the 1999 season.
- Francese is now up to three goals on the season for Stony Brook, with two coming in the past two games. She has a team-high in that category.
- Hofstra’s Porter now has six goals on the season. She had 11 in 2018.