The top-seeded Hofstra University women host No. 5 seeded Elon in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinal at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Pride reached third consecutive semifinal appearance while the Phoenix is making its first semifinal appearance.
The winner will advance to the CAA Championship Sunday, Nov. 9 against the winner of No. 2 Delaware and No. 6 James Madison. If Hofstra wins, it would host the game at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium at 1 p.m. that day.
Hofstra (13-3-2, 7-0-2) are entering the tournament coming off a successful regular season. The team nearly swept all CAA major awards, as Sabrina Bryan was named the attacking player of the year, Lucy Porter was named the midfielder of the year, Anja Suttner earned co-defender of the year and rookie of the year honors, and head coach Simon Riddiough was named the CAA coach of the year.
The Pride boasts the most threatening offense in the league, led by Porter, sophomore Miri Taylor and Bryan, who rank first, second and third in the CAA in points, respectively. Suttner is a leader on the back line, as well as freshman goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich, will look to anchor a defensive unit that has allowed 0.95 goals per game during conference action.
The match will be steamed live on FloFC. In addition, Pride Productions live audio will be available. Live statistics will also be available and links to all of the above are located at the top of this release and on the Hofstra women’s soccer schedule page.
Hofstra holds a 6-0-0 mark in the all-time series. The Pride has outscored the Phoenix, 18-6, and has won five of six games by at least a two-goal margin. Earlier this season, Hofstra outshot the Phoenix, 31-4, en route to a 5-0 home victory.
After suffering a 4-0 loss to Northeastern University, Elon defeated the Huskies, 2-1 in CAA quarterfinal action. The Huskies had the advantage on shots, 18-9, and shots on goal, 10-3, however Jessica Carrieri, who is second in the CAA in goals scored, lifted the Phoenix to its first CAA tournament win with her 10th goal of the season in the 88th minute. Carrieri and Carson Jones are tied for first on the team with 20 points this season. Katrin Hauksdottir will likely get the start in goal. She has recorded a 1.65 goals against average and 0.691 save percentage.
The Hofstra Student Athlete Advisory Committee will collect toiletries and t-shirts for donation during the game near the entrance to the stadium.