Sabrina Bryan is one of Hofstra’s key players entering Friday’s encounter at Boston College. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Hofstra University women will meet No. 22 Boston College in a first-round game of the NCAA Division I tournament at the Newton Soccer Field in Boston Friday at 7 p.m.
The winner meets the winner of the Memphis-Wisconsin game in the second round Nov. 16.
The game will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra. Live statistics will also available. Links can be found on the women’s soccer schedule page on GoHofstra.com.
The Pride (15-5-1) earned the Colonial Athletic Association’s automatic bid to the tournament last Saturday, defeating top-seeded James Madison University, 2-1, in Harrisonburg, Va., to take home the CAA title for the second time in as many years and fifth time overall.
The NCAA appearance is Hofstra’s seventh in program history and the third in the past four seasons. Hofstra is 2-6-1 all-time in NCAA tournament play. The Pride has played Boston College twice in the tournament, dropping a 3-1 decision in the second round in 2010 followed by a 2-0 loss in the 2012 first round. Hofstra is 0-4 all-time vs. the Eagles.
Hofstra enters the competition on a six-game winning streak and a seven-game unbeaten streak. The Pride won all three CAA Championship games by shutout and has not allowed a goal in four games.
The attack has been led by first team All-CAA selections Sabrina Bryan and Lucy Porter, second team All-CAA pick Jenn Buoncore, and CAA rookie of the year Miri Taylor. Bryan leads the CAA with 11 goals and 26 points while Porter has 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. Buoncore has a school-record 13 assists this season to go along with thee goals for 19 points. She leads the CAA and is tied for fourth in the nation with the 13 assists. Taylor has three goals and three assists for nine points. Monique Iannella (1 goal, 5 assists), Lucy Shepherd (3 goals, 1 assist), Jordan Littleboy (1 goal, 4 assists), Madeline Anderson (1 goal, 1 assist), Bella Richards (1 goal), and Megan Fisher (1 goal) have also contributed to the Pride offense.
Defensively, the Pride is led by Anderson, the two-time CAA defensive player of the year, as well as All-CAA second team selection Kelly Gerdes. They have teamed together on the back line for each of the past three seasons and has helped Hofstra to nine shutouts this uear. Iannella and Chelsea Steigman also have contributed to Hofstra’s defensive effort. The goalkeeping tandem of starter Jenna Borresen and finisher Ashley Wilson have combined for a 0.92 goals-against average, 81 saves and a .802 save percentage.
Boston College (14-4-1) will make its 19th overall appearance in the toruney, but first since 2015. The Eagles have been to nine Sweet 16’s, three Elite Eight’s and the 2010 College Cup.
The Eagles’ offense is led by Sam Coffey, who paced the ACC in goals (12), assists (14) and points (38). The ACC midfielder of the year is third in the country in assists per game (0.74), first in totals assists (14), 28th in goals (12) and fourth in total points (38). Defensively the Eagles allowed just 12 goals and posted 10 shutouts this season. Alexis Bryant, who posted a career-low 0.65 GAA, is the Eagles goalkeeper. In front of her is the back line of Mijke Roelfsema, Gianna Mitchell (five goals), Elysa Virella and Kayla Duran.