After conceding two first-half goals, including one inside of two minutes, the Hofstra women’s soccer team could not recover and fell to Wisconsin 6-0.
The loss in the NCAA Women’s Tournament’s second round ends the season for the Pride and snaps a seven-game winning streak.
The match was moved to Rabobank Stadium in Salinas, CA, from Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto due to air quality concerns stemming from wildfires in California.
Wisconsin got out in front of Hofstra early as Alexis Tye scored off of a header less than two minutes in. The Pride had a chance to answer but Miri Taylor shot was parried over the crossbar by Badgers’ keeper Jordyn Bloomer. Taylor finished the match with five shots, three of which were on goal.
In the 23rd minute, the Badgers extended its lead to 2-0 as a Dani Rhodes shot from just outside the 18-yard box got past a charging Ashley Wilson. The Badgers would score four second-half goals to close out the victory.
Hofstra goes out of the tournament after its opening round 4-1 win over Boston College. The back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association champions finished the season 16-6-1.
The 2018 season was a strong one for Simon Riddiough’s team. In addition to winning its second straight CAA title, several players received individual recognition. For the second straight year, senior Madeline Anderson was named CAA Defender of the Year and Taylor was selected the conference’s top rookie.
Anderson of Westbury was also named to the All-CAA First Team where she was joined by sophomores Sabrina Bryan and Lucy Porter. Seniors Kelly Gerdes of Wantagh and Jenn Buoncore of Kings Park were All-CAA Second Team selections while Taylor was named to the All-CAA Third Team and the All-CAA Rookie squad.
Bryan led the team in goals with 13 with Porter a close second with 11 goals. Buoncore led the team with 14 assists.