The Hofstra University men open play at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Friday with a quarterfinal matchup against the University of Delaware. The third-seeded Pride will kick-off against the sixth-seed Blue Hens at 1 p.m. at James Madison’s Sentara Park.
The Pride is making its 12th appearance in the CAA Championship and its eighth in a row. The Pride is 10-7-4 all-time in CAA Championship play. Hofstra won titles in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2015.
Hofstra earned the three seed after a 9-6-2 regular season that included a 5-2-1 mark in the CAA. Matthew Vowinkel led the Pride in scoring for the second consecutive season, recording a career-best 12 goals and two assists for 26 points. Petter Soelberg had six goals and two assists for 14 points, while Storm Strongin chipped in three goals and a team-high six assists for 12 points. The Pride saw nine players score goals and 15 players record at least one assist. Hofstra’s defense was anchored by George O’Malley and Frederik Rieper in front of keeper Alex Ashton, who had a 1.30 goals-against average and 47 saves.
Delaware is 3-8-3 on the season and was 2-4-2 in the CAA. Timo Hummrich leads the Blue Hens with six goals and an assist for 13 points, while goalkeeper Renan Thomazo has a 2.53 GAA and 61 saves.
Hofstra defeated Delaware, 5-0, Oct. 26 behind three goals from Vowinkel, a goal and an assist from Storm Stongin and a goal from Rieper. Hofstra dominated all aspects of the game, outshooting the Blue Hens, 18-4. The Pride had 14 shots on goal while Delaware did not have one. The Pride also had 12 corner kicks compared to none for Delaware.
The winner of Friday’s quarterfinal matchup advances to face second-seeded James Madison on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Hofstra-Delaware game, as well as all other games during the CAA Championship, will be streamed via FloSports. Live statistics are also available. Links for both can be found above or on the men’s soccer schedule page on GoHofstra.com
Hofstra is 20-12-1 all-time versus Delaware including a 1-0 mark in CAA Championship competition (2015 final).