Lucy Porter’s header off of a rebound in the 71st minute provided Hofstra with all it would need as the Pride defeated Stony Brook 1-0 in a battle of Long Island rivals in women’s soccer action.
In a physical, tightly contested battle throughout the teams provided an entertaining 90 minutes on the pitch despite the warmth of the sun-splashed late summer Sunday in Hempstead.
While Hofstra dominated play throughout much of the match, outshooting the Seawolves 17-6, Stony Brook created a number of high-quality chances from those six shots, getting four of them on goal and hitting the post once late in the second half.
The Pride’s Jenna Borreson of East Meadow played the first half and made two saves, while Glen Cove’s Ashley Wilson, who played the second half, was credited with one save. The fourth save was credited to the team as the defense was able to clear a rebound shot from Stony Brook’s Rachel Florenz of East Islip after she hit the upright with her first attempt.
Hofstra also had several chances to take the lead but Seawolves netminder Sofia Manner made four saves with the team was credited for a fifth save.
The game-winning goal, which came off of a Hofstra corner kick, was not without some controversy. Following another Hofstra corner, it appeared that the ball was played out off of the head of a Pride player, and several Hofstra players turned as if preparing for a Stony Brook goal kick.
But the referee ruled another corner kick for Hofstra. Jordan Littleboy’s subsequent corner kick would find Madeline Anderson at the far post and she flicked the ball back across the face of goal to Porter, who headed in her second goal of the season and what would prove to be the game winner.
Simon Riddiough, Hofstra’s head coach, said of the victory, “It’s a win. It was a battle and fortunately, we came out on the positive end of it. You have to give credit to Stony Brook. They fought and challenged us. Sometimes with a local rivalry game, you have to roll up your sleeves up and outfight them.”
His counterpart, Stony Brook head coach Brendan Faherty, said. “It’s a tough loss for our team and program, as it was a spirited match for 90 minutes with limited quality chances for either side. We knew that Hofstra was dangerous on corner kicks and unfortunately we gave up one too many on the day.”
Hofstra will now begin its slate of Colonial Athletic Association games as they host Towson on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m. Stony Brook will be back in action Friday as they host Delaware State at 7 p.m.
Check out photos from the Hofstra/Stony Brook match.
- Hofstra led Stony Brook in corner kicks 9-4
- There were 16 total fouls in the match, nine against Stony Brook and seven against Hofstra
- Florenz led Stony Brook with three shots, two on goal
- Hofstra’s Lucy Shephard and Jenn Buoncore of Kings Park each had four shots for Hofstra