|Hofstra Strikes Twice To Defeat UNCW|
HEMPSTEAD, New York – Senior Chris Griebsch tallied a goal and an assist to lead Hofstra to a 2-0 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer action Saturday at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The Pride improved to 6-3-1 overall and 1-0 in CAA play as it won its fourth straight contest. Playing on the road for the fifth time in their last six games, the Seahawks saw their record move to 5-4-1 and 1-1.
“I felt it was a fairly even game overall, but a sloppy second goal proved to be the turning point,” said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. “With the second goal coming right before halftime it really seemed to galvanize them and it’s always hard to come back when you’re down 2-0, especially against a quality side like Hofstra.”
Junior Maid Memic got Hofstra on the board at the 10:43 mark as he knocked home a cross from Griebsch for his team-leading sixth tally of the season.
Griebsch doubled the Pride advantage to 2-0 in the 40th minute when he intercepted a pass and beat UNCW sophomore keeper Sam Williams in a 1-v-1 opportunity for his fourth goal of the campaign.
The Seahawks attempted to cut into the Hofstra advantage early in the second half, but a header by junior Jacob VanCompernolle on a corner kick opportunity in the 58th minute found the post.
“In the second half we showed some signs of life and I was really proud of my team’s effort,” said Heaney. “We were playing our third road game in seven days and we were able to win the first two, but this one was just out of our reach. We will regroup and get ready to face James Madison.”
Sophomore Patric Pray recorded his third shutout of the season for the Pride as he made two saves. Williams started the game in goal for the Seahawks and was credited with two saves before being replaced by freshman Sean Melvin at the start of the second half.
Hofstra held a 12-11 shot advantage in the contest, attempting six of the nine shots recorded in the first half while the Seahawks held an 8-6 margin in the final frame. The two teams combined for 17 corner kicks, with the Pride holding a 9-8 edge in that category.
UNCW returns to the pitch Oct. 12 as it hosts James Madison in a 7 p.m. contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Hofstra is back in action Oct. 9 when it travels to Northeastern for a 6 p.m. tilt.