All eyes this season are on Lucy Porter and in the first game of the 2019 campaign for Hofstra’s women’s soccer team, the junior midfielder did not disappoint.
Porter’s goal in the 25th minute was the only goal the Pride would need to defeat Monmouth University 1-0 Friday night in West Long Branch, N.J.
During the preseason, Porter was named to the women’s Mac Hermann Trophy watch list for the award given to the top male and female soccer players in the country. She was also named the Colonial Athletic Association’s preseason Midfielder of the Year.
With the game scoreless just past the midway mark of the first half, Hofstra would strike. Lucy Shepherd would control a cross into the box and neatly slide a pass to Porter who would one-time her shot past Monmouth keeper Amanda Knaub.
The other star for Hofstra on the night was freshman goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich. She earned her first collegiate win and first clean sheet by stopping all five shots she faced.
On the offensive side of the ball, Sabrina Bryan led Hofstra with three shots while Marlene Fries had two shots.
Up next for the Pride is a trip to Western Pennsylvania to take on No. 6 Penn State. Kickoff at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa., is set for 2:30 p.m.