Hofstra celebrates one of its four goals against Boston College. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
NEWTON, Mass. – Sabrina Bryan scored two goals and Lucy Porter had a goal and an assist as Hofstra University defeated 22nd-ranked and fourth-seeded Boston College, 4-1, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s tournament at Newton Soccer Field Friday night.
The Pride (16-5-1), which won its seventh successive match, advanced to the second round as it will face the winner of Saturday’s Memphis-Wisconsin game at a site to be determined at the conclusion of play Friday night.
Boston College (14-5-1) had more early opportunities as the Eagles outshot the Pride, 6-1, in the opening 15 minutes. But Hofstra goalkeeper Jenna Borresen was up to the challenge as she turned away both two shots on goal.
But the Pride’s first attempt on goal resulted in a score as Jenn Buoncore dribbled in from the left side and sent a pass in front of the goal toPorter, who slid a shot past Alexis Bryant for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Porter’s 11th of the season and ninth in her last seven games. Buoncore’s assist increased her program season record to 14.
The Eagles had an excellent chance in the 57th minute as Olivia Vaughn’s shot hit the cross bar and was cleared out by keeper Ashley Wilson. The hosts also had several other good chances in the box, but Kayla Duran’s shot hit the side of the net and Mia Karras’s shot went wide left.
Hofstra tallied an insurance goal in the 71st minute as Porter played a through ball to Bryan and the sophomore converted the shot. Bryan was not finished as she scored an unassisted goal 4:23 later, dribbling in from the right side and putting her team-high 13th goal into the upper left corner of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Vaughn pulled one back for the Eagles, scoring off a pass from Gaby Carreiro at 76:24 to make it a two-goal game. But Hofstra squashed any thoughts of a comeback at 82:29 mark as Lucy Shepherd headed in a long free kick off the foot of Jordan Littleboy for her fourth goal this season for the final goal of the match.
Wilson made five saves in 67:11. Borresen had two saves in 22:49 before coming out following a collision with a Boston College player on a loose ball. Bryant did not record a save.