LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sophomore midfielder-defender Bella Richards scored in the 74th minute as the Hofstra University women recorded a 1-0 victory over Bucknell University at Emmitt Field Friday afternoon.
The win was Hofstra’s second in a season opener since 2012.
The Pride (1-0) is unbeaten in 15 of its past 16 games, dating back to last season.
Richards, a preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, put the Pride on top in the 74th minute, taking a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that banked off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.
Senior Monique Iannella kept the Bison (0-1) off the board in the first half, hustling back to clear a ball off the goal line at the last second after a deflection past a sliding Jenna Borresen.
Hofstra upped the pressure in the second half, taking eight shots to Bucknell’s two.
Before netting the game-winner, Richards had come close earlier in the half, heading classmate Jordan Littleboy’s corner kick off the crossbar. Senior defender Madeline Anderson’s second-chance attempt bounced just off the top of the net.
Redshirt-senior goalkeepers Borresen and Ashley Wilson teamed up for the clean sheet, making two saves apiece.
The Pride opens its home schedule at 1 p.m. on Sunday against Fairfield at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Sundat at 1 p.m.