HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore Luke Brown scored the game’s only goal as the Hofstra University men topped Brown University, 1-0, at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Tuesday night.
The Pride honored its seven departing seniors before the game, the team’s regular-season finale.
Hofstra (6-5-6, 3-1-4 Colonial Athletic Association) has won five of its past six contests heading into the CAA Championships. Brown dropped to 8-5-2.
The Pride offense came out strong in the first half, getting several good looks on goal. Senior Danny Elliott had Hofstra’s first good chance, taking a uncontested blast from about 20 yards that goalkeeper Joey Cipicchio made a diving save on. Moments later, freshman George O’Malley hit the crossbar before Cippichio made another acrobatic stop on junior Sean Nealis’ rebound chance.
The Pride capitalized on the offensive momentum in the 36th minute, with Danny Elliott using his footwork to get into the box before the ball came loose to Brown, who fired into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ashton made four saves in his fifth clean sheet this season.
The No. 4-seed Pride returns home to host fifth-seeded William & Mary in a CAA quarterfinal Hofstra Soccer Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m.