Sabrina Bryan tallied the lone goal in the third minute. (Photo courtesy of the Hofstra SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sabrina Bryan scored her ninth goal of the season less than three minutes into the game and the defense made it stand up as Hofstra University earned a 1-0 victory over Charleston Sunday afternoon at Hofstra Soccer Stadium, the Pride’s regular-season finale.
Hofstra improved to 12-5-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association and clinched the third seed in the CAA Championship. Charleston slipped to 10-7-1 overall and 5-3-1 in league action. The Cougars will be the fourth seed in the CAA Championship.
The Hofstra goal came on a rush that saw Miri Taylor back heel a pass to Jenn Buoncore just outside the box. Buoncore angled a pass to the feet of Bryan, who turned and deposited her shot past Genevieve Henderson at 2:55.
The Pride defense allowed just seven shots on the day and only one on goal. Hofstra goalkeeper Jenna Borresen did not make a save in the first half, while Ashley Wilson came on in the second half and faced one shot.
Henderson made three saves in the opening 45 minutes while Meredith Holton turned aside two shots in the second half. Hofstra held a 6-7 advantage in shots.
Hofstra will learn its playoff opponent Tuesday night, following the conclusion of the UNCW-Elon game that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence. The quarterfinal game will be played at Northeastern’s Parsons Field Friday.