Matthew Vowinkel scored one goal and set up the game-winner for the Pride. (Photo courtesy of the Hofstra SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Freshman Stefan Mason broke a 2-2 tie and scored his first career goal in the 77th minute to elevate the Hofstra University men to a 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Elon at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Saturday.
With 13 minutes remaining in regulation, senior Etienne Botty dribbled a ball into the box and tapped the ball forward to junior Matthew Vowinkel, who touched a pass over his shoulder and find Mason. who volleyed his shot into the net.
It took only 1:25 for Hofstra (4-3-0, 2-1-0) to find the back of the net, as Vowinkel connected with senior Adam Savill on a corner kick, heading his shot past goalkeeper Alex Lorne. The Pride doubled the lead almost two minutes later when junior Storm Strongin found the head of classmate Petter Soelberg with a cross. Vowinkel had the final two shots of the half for Hofstra and nearly added a third goal for the Pride in the 20th minute with an attempt that hit the left post.
The Phoenix (2-4-1, 2-1-0) cut the Pride lead in half on its first shot of the second half and added a second tally in the 66th minute to level the score at 2-2.
Hofstra led in shots, 14-8, including a 10-2 edge in the first half. Goalkeeper Alex Ashton made one save.
The Pride will return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a non-conference match at Marist College.