HEMPSTEAD, New York –No. 4 seed Hofstra scored twice in the final 17 minutes to defeat No. 5 seed UNCW, 2-0, in the first round of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Championship Saturday at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium.

In a rematch of the 2012 championship game, the Pride improved to 10-5-3 overall and advanced to face host and top seed James Madison Nov. 8 in the second semifinal contest at University Park. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their season come to a close with a 9-10 record.

“This was a game where I felt the first goal would win it,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “It was an even first half and both teams had chances. They put us under tremendous pressure in second half and we had to defend well.  Credit to them for taking their chances.”

After playing more than 70 minutes of scoreless soccer, Hofstra senior Amber Stobbs gave the Pride a 1-0 lead the 72:33 mark when she placed a shot from 12 yards out into the lower left-hand corner of the net for her second goal of the season. Junior Lulu Echeverry was credited with an assist on the play.

Junior Sam Scolarici doubled the Pride advantage to 2-0 in the 88th minute, capitalizing on a 1-v-1 opportunity on the left side for her league-leading 17th goal of the season.

Hofstra posted a 28-8 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by an 18-2 margin in the second half. The Pride also attempted all five corner kicks awarded.

Freshman Friederike Mehring made two saves in goal for the Pride as she picked up her first career shutout. Freshman Carolyn Huddy got the start in goal for the Seahawks and was credited with eight saves.

“We must recognize our 3 seniors: Meg (Kiser), Natalie (Winslow) and Nicole (Costa), who have been super Seahawks for four years and they have lots to be proud of,” said Cairney. “We will bounce back and get our young team ready for a very important off season.”