Lucy Porter leads Hofstra with 14 goals. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
The top-seeded Hofstra University women are set to take on the sixth-seeded James Madison University in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship match at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.
It will be a rematch of the 2018 CAA Championship and an opportunity to reach the NCAA Division I tournament. The CAA champion receives an automatic bid to the competition. The Division I selection show will take place Monday.
The Pride (14-3-2, 7-0-2) looks to win its third straight conference, becoming the first CAA women’s soccer team to win three successive titles since William & Mary secured six consecutive crowns from 1996-2001.
Hofstra defeated the fifth-seeded Elon, 3-1, as junior Sabrina Bryan scored twice while freshman Anja Suttner added one goal. The Pride out shot the Phoenix, 26-4. Junior Lucy Porter has a team-best 35 points (14 goals, seven assists) while Bryan and junior Miri Taylor are just behind with 26 points each (Nine goals, eight assists).
Sunday’s match will be steamed live on FloFC. In addition, Pride Productions live audio will be available.
The Dukes lead the all-time series, 11-10-3. Earlier this season, Hofstra defeated JMU, 3-1. During the regular season last year, Hofstra fell to James Madison, 1-0 before turning around to shut out the Dukes to claim the 2018 CAA Championship, 2-0.
The Dukes (9-11-1, 4-4-1) are entering the match=up coming off a dramatic semifinal victory over the second-seeded University of Delaware Sunday. Sophie Brause headed home a corner kick in the final minute of extratime after James Madison tied the match, 2-2 with 1:39 left in regulation.
The Hofstra Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be collecting toiletries and t-shirts for donation during the women’s soccer tournament final near the entrance to the stadium.