HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The fourth-seeded Hofstra University men will host fifth-seeded William & Mary in a Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinal at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m.
The winner will advance to next weekend’s semifinals, which will be played at top-seed James Madison.
The Pride (6-5-6, 3-1-4) has won five of its past six games after topping non-conference opponent Brown University, 1-0, in the regular-season finale Tuesday. Sophomore Luke Brown scored the only goal, his third of the season, to tie with senior Danny Elliott for the team lead in points with nine. Junior goalkeeper Alex Ashton made four saves for his fifth clean sheet.
Saturday’s match marks the fourth consecutive season Hofstra has hosted a conference tournament game, as the Pride finished with a one conference loss for the second successive season.
That loss, however, came at the hands of the Tribe, a 2-0 decision in Williamsburg Oct. 14. William & Mary (8-5-2, 3-2-3) also secured conference wins over Elon College and Northeastern University, while playing to draws with Drexel, Delaware and Charleston. The Tribe’s two CAA losses came at the hands of the league’s two top seeds, James Madison and UNCW.
William & Mary has a strong offense, led by the duo of Antonio Bustmante (eight goals, five assists) and Ryder Bell (six goals, seven assists), who rank first and second, respectively, in CAA points. Goalkeeper Phil Breno has posted a .700 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average.
The Tribe was responsible for ending Hofstra’s season a year ago, topping the Pride, 3-1, in the CAA semifinals in Hempstead. Hofstra had won the regular-season matchup, 2-1. William & Mary also holds the advantage in the all-time series, 11-7-3.
The game will be available via live stats and Pride Productions video and audio, with a link on the Hofstra men’s soccer schedule page.