The storyline to the Hofstra/Fairfield women’s soccer matchup Sunday begins and ends with Fairfield’s keeper Aytana Muschajew.
The freshman from Parsippany, NJ, was outstanding in goal, making nine save, including several from close in, to keep the Pride off the scoresheet and preserve the Stags 1-0 win at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
Fairfield’s lone goal came in the 52nd minute when freshman Hanley Courter stole a defensive clear and found the back of the net, beating keeper Ashley Wilson.
Hofstra’s home opener played on an overcast day in Hempstead started brightly with the unveiling of a new banner celebrating the team’s 2017 NCAA Tournament qualification. However, it would end in frustration for the Pride. In addition to the spectacular play by Muschajew in goal, an offside call against Hofstra in the 66th minute had a goal wiped off the scoreboard.
While Hofstra kept the pressure on the Stags, Muschajew had two big moments with less than 20 minutes left in the game. In the 72nd minute she made two spectacular saves that left her lying on the ground in pain momentarily, and four minutes later she stonewalled Hofstra’s Jenn Buoncore in close on what appeared to be a sure goal.
Hofstra had 15 shots with Jordan Littleboy leading the way with four shots and Lucy Porter and Bella Richards chipping in with two shots apiece.
Visit SleterFC’s Facebook page for a photo gallery from the Hofstra/Fairfield match.
- Hofstra had four corner kicks in the match while Fairfield did not attempt a corner kick.
- Four Long Islanders were in the starting lineup for Fairfield: Sara Plowman of Massapequa (St. John The Baptist HS), Melanie Hingher of Massapequa Park (Massapequa HS), Alana Leahy of East Williston (The Wheatley School) and Stephanie Tsangaris of East Northport (Elwood/John Glenn HS)
- Hofstra’s next game will be at home Thursday against Boston University. Kickoff is 7 p.m.