SALINAS, Calif. – The University of Wisconsin scored two goals in the first half and added four in the second, and used a solid defensive effort to keep the Hofstra University women at bay as the No. 23 Badgers advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division I tournament with a 6-0 victory at Rabobank Stadium Friday night.
Dani Rhodes scored four goals for the Badgers (14-3-4).
The loss snapped Hofstra’s (16-6-1) season-best seven-game winning and eight-game unbeaten streak.
The game was moved from Stanford University’s Cagan Stadium to Rabobank Stadium due to poor air quality in the Bay Area due to the Camp fire in Northern California.
The Badgers didn’t waste much time as Alexis Tye headed in Claire Shea’s corner kick 72 seconds into the match. The Pride had a great chance in the 11th minute as Lucy Porter’s pass sprung Miri Taylor but her shot was punched over the crossbar by goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer.
Wisconsin went up by a 2-0 score at 22:04 as Dani Rhodes shot from just outside the 18-yard box got past a charging Ashley Wilson, who came out to challenge the ball. Hofstra and Taylor had another opportunity denied as Bloomer dove back to corral a ball after a shot from Taylor was partially saved and was spinning toward the goal line.
Rhodes added three more goals in the second half with Cameron Murtha adding the Badgers fourth tally.
Wisconsin outshot the Pride, 18-13, and had a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Wilson made five saves in goal, while Bloomer had six stops for the Badgers.