Miri Taylor tallied her seventh goal of the season. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Sophomore Miri Taylor scored in the second half to overcome a 1-0 deficit as the Hofstra University women played to a 1-1 draw with UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association action at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Hofstra, which has an 11-game unbeaten streak, moved to 11-3-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the CAA while UNCW stands at 9-4-1 overall is 5-1-1 against league opponents.
UNCW nearly got on the board within the first five minutes of action, but freshman goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich made a point-blank save. On the other end, Hofstra saw its first big threat when Taylor’s shot hit the crossbar in the 17th minute.
It was UNCW that scored first when Emily Moxley took advantage of an open net to give the Seahawks a 1-0 edge in the 30th minute.
UNCW carried that lead into the half, but it wasn’t long until nice passing inside the 18-yard box by junior Sabrina Bryan and classmate Lucy Porter led to Taylor’s seventh goal of the season at 54:15.
Rain picked up early in the second half and it was clear that both teams struggled to adjust to the slick surfaces, but Hofstra nearly broke the tie with 20 minutes remaining in regulation as Porter put one in the back of the net but was called offside.
UNCW had its chance to take the lead in the 83rd minute with back-to-back shots by Baley Edwards, but after a header that went high, the match was sent into extra time. Neither team made any significant threat in either overtime period as Kuzmich made two of her season-best six saves across the final 20 minutes.
Hofstra will close out the regular season with two consecutive road matches. The Pride will travel to Towson University Thursday at 7 p.m. before visiting William & Mary Sunday, Oct. 29.