Matthew Vowinkel’s 13th goal was a lucky one for Hofstra. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra’s SID)
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Matthew Vowinkel scored the game-winning goal with just under five minutes remaining to send the Hofstra University men to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over the University of Delaware at Sentara Park Friday.
The third-seeded Pride (10-6-2) advance to face second-seeded James Madison University in the semifinals Sunday at 3 p.m. Delaware, the sixth seed, had its season end at 3-9-3.
Delaware opened the scoring 6:11 into the game as Marco De la Bandera headed in a pass from Jacob Rubini. Alvin Halley also was credited with an assist.
The Pride evened the score at 10:29 as Frederik Rieper scored his fifth goal this season. Oscar Ramsay started the play by sending a pass to George O’Malley at the far post. The Pride’s junior co-captain one-touched a pass back across to a charging Rieper, who tapped a shot past goalkeeper Renan Thomazo.
The second half saw back and forth action, but neither team had many scoring opportunities. Hofstra had one shot on goal through the first 40 minutes while Delaware had none.
But at 85:24, Hendrik Hebbeker played a through ball to Vowinkel and the junior striker slid a shot past Thomazo. Vowinkel’s 13 goals this year are the most since Michael Todd scored 13 in 2006.
Delaware outshot the Pride, 11-9, putting three shots on target. Seven of the Pride’s nine shots were on target as Thomazo had five saves. Hofstra keeper Alex Ashton made two saves.