Luke Brown scored the game-winner in the CAA semifinal for Hofstra. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
HARRISONBURG, Va. – The third-seeded Hofstra University men will take on top-seeded James Madison University for the Colonial Athletic Association title at Sentara Park Sunday at 1 p.m.
The winner will clinch a spot in the NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament.
The Pride advanced to the final with a 2-1 victory over second-seeded and 21st-ranked UNCW Friday afternoon.
The Pride (10-6-4) scored two goals in the final 10 minutes against the Seahawks to turn a 1-0 deficit into the win.
Sean Nealis tied the game in the 80th minute by heading in a Marcus Lindqvist corner kick and Luke Brown provided the game-winner in the 86th minute after stealing the ball from goalkeeper Ryan Cretens in the box and putting a shot into an empty net.
Hofstra will make its seventh CAA Finals appearance and its first since winning the title in 2015. The Pride is 4-2 in its previous CAA Championship games, winning in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2015. Hofstra was the runner-up in 2010 and 2012.
The Dukes (12-4-2), who are receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches Association poll, advanced to their ninth CAA Championship game with a 2-0 victory over fifth-seeded and defending champion William & Mary. James Madison is 5-3 all-time in CAA Championship games, last winning a title in 2014.
Hofstra is 12-9-2 all-time against James Madison. The Dukes won the regular season meeting vs. the Pride, 2-0, behind goals from Carson Jeffris and Manuel Ferriol.
The CAA Championship game will be streamed on College Sports Live. Live statistics will also be provided. Links for both can be found above or on the men’s soccer schedule page of GoHofstra.com.