The Hofstra Pride field hockey team pushed its winning streak to six games with a victory on Sunday against the Quinnipiac University Bobcats, 3-2.
This was not an easy matchup though, as the Pride had to battle back from being down 1-0 in the first 15 minutes.
Savanna Reilly, scored the first goal of the game for the Bobcats on a penalty corner.
Hofstra responded with a goal of its own five minutes later. Madison Reed scored off a corner for her second goal on the season, tying the game up at one.
Momentum shifted in the Pride’s favor when Lara Bittel drew a penalty stroke.
She fired the ball into the back of the net for her third goal of the year and gave Hofstra the 2-1 lead.
The teams headed into the locker room at halftime with the 2-1 score.
Claudia Marin Samper, throughout the entire game, was having difficulty firing her shot into the back of the goal.
She totaled five shots in the first half and one early in the second half.
Finally, on her lucky seventh shot, Marin Samper shot the ball into the net to tally her team-leading 12th goal of the season.
Her goal proved to be the winning goal, as the Bobcats scored their second tally of the game near the 60th minute mark.
The goalie battle between Lauren Saltus and Carys Swan looks to be coming to a conclusion.
During the winning streak, Saltus started all six games and played the entire 70 minutes in five of them.
However, Swan did play as the goalie in the second half against Fairfield when Saltus was struggling.
Fans can see that head coach Kathy De Angelis is leaning towards keeping Saltus in net, but there might be some opportunities for Swan down the road.
For the Pride, its record improves to 8-4 on the season.
This game was the last non-conference match on its schedule, as Hofstra will open its CAA season in Towson University against the Tigers, beginning at 6 p.m.
It’s been a down year for the Towson Tigers, who currently sit in dead last in the CAA with an 0-2 conference mark to go along with a 2-9 overall record.
Towson has lost its last three games, and in the last two contests, the Tigers gave up a combined 20 goals while scoring just one.
Most recently, the Tigers found themselves on the wrong end of a 12-0 drubbing, courtesy of the 19th ranked James Madison Dukes, a CAA foe that Hofstra will face later on in the season.