HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Petter Soelberg scored two goals and Hendrik Hebbeker added one goal to support a smothering defensive effort as the Hofstra University men shut out Columbia University, 3-0, in the regular season finale at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Tuesday night.
The Pride (9-6-2), which increased its unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2), limited Columbia (4-7-4) to two shots with one on target. Hofstra also had seven corner kicks to the Lions’ none.
The hosts did not waste much time to get on the board as Soelberg scored at 5:45 off a touch pass from Matthew Vowinkel. Storm Stongin also got an assist as he played the ball to Vowinkel, who one-timed it to Seolberg on the right side of the box and his shot beat goalkeeper Matthew Goodman to the left corner.
Soelberg struck again at 26:19, taking a Shane Salmon pass and after one touch, ripped a shot into the lower right corner. The Pride closed out the scoring at 67:45, when Hebbeker took a pass from Stefan Mason at the left side of the box and took one dribble before curling a shot into the top right corner.
Goalkeeper Alex Ashton started and played 72:19 before yielding to Alex Dudley for the final 17:41. Ashton had one save. Hofstra has two successive shutouts and six this season.
Goodman made four saves.
Hofstra finished the season 6-2-1 at Hofstra Soccer Stadium, the 16th season in a row that the Pride has had a .500 or better home record.
The third-seeded Pride will be back in action Friday at 1 p.m. when it takes on No. 6 University Delaware in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship at James Madison University. The winner advances to play No. 2 James Madison Sunday at 3 p.m.