CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Hofstra University men will play their second consecutive game against a ranked opponent as it travels to No. 12 University of Virginia for a 7 p.m. Thursday match-up.
The Pride (1-1) fell to No. 6 Maryland, 2-0, Monday night. Junior goalkeeper Alex Ashton made five saves for the second successive game after shutting out Penn State University in the season opener Friday night. Ashton’s five saves tied his career high.
Eight of the Pride’s newcomers have seen playing time to date, with freshman George O’Malley and transfer Hampus Agerstrom earning starts in both games.
The Cavaliers (1-0) opened the season with a 3-2 extratime win over Villanova. Sergi Nus scored the game-winner on a penalty kick, while Faris Abdi added a goal and an assist and MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List member Edward Opoku added a goal.
Opoku was the difference-maker when Virginia and Hofstra met in 2016, finding the back of the net in the 79th minute to give the Cavaliers the victory and give Virginia its second win over the Pride in as many all-time meetings.
Hofstra concludes its four-game road swing at St. John’s University Sept. 5.