Miri Taylor performed more heroics for Hofstra. (Photo courtesy of the Hofstra SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore Miri Taylor netted the game-winning goal 63 seconds into the first extratime period to lead the Hofstra University women to a 2-1 victory against Drexel University in their Colonial Athletic Association opener Thursday night.
The Pride, which is undefeated at Hofstra Soccer Stadium this season (4-0) leads the all-time series over Drexel, 20-4. The team also is 12-2 in CAA opener siwth head coach Simon Riddiough in charge.
Junior Lucy Shepherd sent a ball into the center of the penalty area that Taylor chested down and fired inside the left post for the game-winning goal. The goal was the third of the year for Taylor and also her second extratime game-winner.
Despite a dominating effort by Hofstra, Drexel took an early advantage during the fifth minute when Melissa Lyon found the back of the net, giving the Dragons a 1-0 lead.
Graduate student Brianna Doran scored the first goal of her career on a fine left-footed volley on a corner kick taken by Taylor in the 58th minute to level for Hofstra.
Dragon goalkeeper Libby Baeza made three of her nine saves during the second half to force the extra period.
Hofstra hosts Elon University Sunday at noon.