It’s easy to say that Puerto Rico and soccer don’t go together as well as peanut butter and jelly, but members of the Hofstra Pride soccer team are looking to change that reputation.
On Friday, December 4th, an estimated 200 million pairs of eyes and ears glued themselves to Cape Town, South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup draw, where the thirty-two teams that qualified for this prestigious event discovered who they will play during the first group stage beginning on June 11th, 2009.
Hofstra’s sophomore goalkeeper Greg Cumpstone started playing “the beautiful game” at age 7 out of a sibling rivalry with his older brother. “We were a similar age so everything back then was a competition,” Cumpstone said. “I wanted to be better than him, but I also looked up to him and wanted to follow in his footsteps a bit.”
Stephan Barea may be young, but he sure knows how to count to five. That is the number of goals the freshman midfielder has scored for the Hofstra men’s soccer team this year and all five have been big. None may have been bigger than his goal at Towson Wednesday, to help the Pride rebound from a disappointing defeat Saturday at the College of William and Mary.
The Hofstra Women’s Soccer team played their final two home games of the season over the weekend, welcoming Virginia Commonwealth and James Madison University to the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. The weekend was key for the Pride, as they were searching to ensure a place in the CAA Tournament.
Week two of the Colonial Athletic Association featured both a high and a low for men’s soccer. A thrilling 3-2 victory over Virginia Commonwealth University highlighted the Pride’s weekend, but a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Northeastern provides the lone blemish on the Pride’s conference record.
Over the weekend, the Hofstra Women’s soccer team asserted themselves in the Colonial Athletic Association, winning both their games and maintaining a perfect 4-0 conference record.
Friday night in Fairfax, VA the Pride took the field against George Mason. The game represented a tremendous defensive effort for both squads, as there were only six total shots taken in the first half of regulation play.
Q. Why are New York sports fans like politicians and gymnasts?
A. Flip-flopping is part of the job.
How about those long suffering New York Jets faithful? Last season, after Gang Green beat the Titans in week 12 to hand the Titans their first loss of the season, New Yorkers – – and Jets fans in particular – – were ready to push Mike Bloomberg out of office and replace him with Brett Favre. Disappointing losses to the Broncos, 49ers and Seahawks put the team out of the playoffs and Brett Favre on the fan’s fecal roster. Where is the loyalty?
Junior forward Demont Mitchell was certainly the man of the match in a rain soaked game in Atlanta against Georgia State. Mitchell slammed home two goals in the Pride’s conference opener. Mitchell and the rest of the Pride made the most of their time in a game that was twice delayed thanks to lightning and was eventually called after 75 minutes.
The Pride’s record stands at three wins against four losses now, with a one win and zero loss record in Colonial Athletic Association play. The two to nothing win over the Panthers marks the first time the Pride have opened conference play with a victory since joining the CAA in 2002.
The Hofstra Pride women’s soccer team has officially opened Colonial Athletic Association play, and they have done so with a bang, getting off to a 2-0 start.
The 11-game slate of all-conference play that will conclude the schedule for the Pride began Thursday night in Newark against the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Entering the match-up, the Hofstra women’s team owned victories in every one of their last nine games against the Hens.