WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW rallied from a late one-goal deficit to tie Hofstra, 2-2, in Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer action early Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Seahawks stand 7-8-2 overall and 2-5-1 in the CAA heading into next weekend's regular season finale at the College of Charleston. The Pride, which entertains Drexel and Delaware next weekend in Hempstead, N.Y., owns a 9-6-1 and 4-2-1 mark.
In a see-saw battle under cool, clear conditions, the two teams broke through in each half before going scoreless in the two overtime periods. It was the final home game of the season for the Seahawks at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
Junior forward Maddie McCormick put the Seahawks on top early when she took a short pass from Madison Melnick on the left side and knocked the ball past HU goalie Friederike Mehring at 32:03 to give UNCW an early 1-0 advantage.
But Hofstra sophomore midfielder Emily Agudelo responded at 42:08 when her free kick bounced high over a group of players in the box and landed inside the left post to bring the game even. The tally was Agudelo's first goal of the season.
Both goals in the second half were scored in an 87-second span about 20 minutes into the final period.
Junior forward Leah Galton, the CAA's reigning Player-of-the-Year, gave the Pride the lead for the first time, 2-1, when she collected her own rebound and drilled the ball into the net from 18 yards out at 63:06. Galton launched 10 shots on the afternoon and collected her ninth goal of the season.
UNCW's Katrina Guillou answered quickly, however, when the junior striker converted a pass from Greyson Ray from 12 yards away for the equalizer. Guillou now has eight goals and two assists in the campaign.
Friederike played all 110 minutes in goal for the Pride and had two saves. UNCW's Carolyn Huddy recorded 11 saves, many in spectacular fashion, in one of her best performances of the season.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks wound up 4-4-1 at home this season…Hofstra doubled up UNCW in shots, 30-15…Both of Hofstra's goals were unassisted…There were 40 fouls called in the contest, 22 on UNCW and 18 on Hofstra…The Pride had five corner kicks…Guillou paced the Seahawks with five shots…Senior forward Sam Scolarici added eight shots for the Pride…Hofstra leads the all-time series, 12-3-2.