UNCW Press Release
HEMPSTEAD, New York – Hofstra scored twice in a 2:57 span midway through the first half to defeat UNCW, 2-1, in Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer action Friday at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
In a rematch of the title game of the 2012 CAA Women's Soccer Championship, the Pride improved to 7-3-0 overall and 1-0-0 in league play as it extended its winning streak to seven games. The Seahawks slipped to 5-6-0 and 0-1-0 as they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
"This was a classic CAA game," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Both teams fought hard and created chances. The difference in the first half was that they buried their chances. I am proud of our fighting spirit. Hofstra is the reigning CAA champions and they are well coached. They are tough to beat at home. We gave them a game and we can build on that. We will dust ourselves off and get ready to play a very good northeastern squad on Sunday."
Sophomore Jeannie Molleda gave Hofsta a 1-0 lead at the 23:06 mark as she put a loose ball into the left-hand corner of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Junior Sam Scolarici doubled the Pride advantage to 2-0 just under three minutes after Molleda's strike when she converted a breakaway opportunity for her team-leading 10th goal of the season. Junior Lulu Echeverry was credited with an assist on the play.
Junior Stephanie Bronson pulled the Seahawks within one in the 85th minute, notching her fifth goal of the season when she headed home a free kick by sophomore Katrina Guillou to make it a 2-1 contest.
UNCW was unable to record the equalizer, as the Seahawks would be held without another shot for the remainder of the contest.
Senior Emily Morphitis started in goal for the Pride and made five stops to pick up the victory. Freshman Lissa Rahkola got the start in goal for the Seahawks and finished with three saves.
Both teams were credited with 12 shots during the game, with the Seahawks holding a 10-4 margin in the first half and the Pride enjoying an 8-2 edge during the final 45 minutes. Hofstra attempted all five corner kicks awarded in the contest.
Both teams return to action Sunday with Noon league contests. The Seahawks travel to Northeastern while the Pride hosts the College of Charleston.
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