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.
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.
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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.
There is an abundance of talent on the Hofstra men’s soccer team but that talent is not helping the Pride win games. After taking its opener against Stony Brook, the team fell to 1-3, after losing to Farleigh Dickinson, Penn State and Ohio State, all on the road.
The initial blemish to the team’s record was a four to one loss to Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Reflecting on this setback, Coach Richard Nuttall recognized that it was his players’ mindset, more than their abilities, that led to their first defeat: “I think the commitment to FDU [was not there], we didn’t understand the level of intensity.”
This past weekend saw the Women’s Soccer Team maintain their .500 record, earning a split in their two weekend match-ups.
In spite of a day-long rain storm that continued into Friday night, the Pride had a spectacular match against the then-25th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. Hofstra took a 2-1 lead, powered by forward Salma Tarik’s second goal of the young season and forward Kayla Pifer’s first. The Pride dominated the first half of the game against the Big Ten power, and was able to hold their lead for almost 89 minutes thanks to terrific goalkeeping from junior Krysten Farriella.