Lucy Porter scored two goals and assisted on a third. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The top-seeded Hofstra University women dominated from wire to wire to capture its third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Championship with a 5-1 victory over sixth-seeded James Madison University at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium Saturday.
The Pride, unbeaten in 15 successive matches, clinched an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I women’s tournament. Hofstra will find out its destination on the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship Selection Show Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET
Junior midfielder Lucy Porter, who was named the most outstanding player of the tournament, scored two goals and set up a third. Sophomore Megan Fisher, junior forward Sabrina Bryan and junior Lucy Shepherd also found the net.
It took just three minutes for Hofstra to find the scoreboard, as Porter flicked in a cross by freshman Anja Suttner at 3:38.
Porter broke the program record for points in a season. She has 40, surpassing Sam Scolarici (2013) and Leah Galton (2014) who had 38 points apiece. She also has scored a conference-best 16 goals this year.
The Pride extended the advantage to 2-0 when Bryan curled in a corner kick from the far corner, catching the head of Fisher, who converted on her second goal this season.
Despite the cold temperatures, Hofstra stayed hot out of the locker room as Bryan bent in a shot to the top-right corner of the mesh from just outside the box for a three-goal margin 2:13 into the second half. The scoring parade continued almost 10 minutes later when Shepherd sent home a rocket with her left foot just outside the six-yard box off a pass by Porter from the right side.
JMU’s lone goal came in the 69th minute as Iris Rabot converted in a penalty kick after a handball inside the box. Hofstra put an exclamation point on the victory during the final two minutes when Porter tapped in her conference-best 16th goal of the season with the help of Fisher who recorded her first assist of the season.
Four Hofstra players were named to the CAA all-tournament team — junior midfielder Jordan Littleboy, junior midfielder Bella Richards, Bryan and Porter.