Sabrina Bryan scored 3:22 into extratime. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra’s SID)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Junior forward Sabrina Bryan used her left foot to send a shot off the post and into the back of the net to lift Hofstra University women into the second round of the NCAA Division tournament Saturday.
She scored in extratime as the Pride recorded 1-0 golden goal victory over the Loyola Chicago Ramblers at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
Hofstra extended its unbeaten streak to 16 matches while also earning its 16th win of the season, matching the
The Pride will travel to the west coast to meet No. 1 ranked Stanford Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
Bryan found the net 3:22 into the first extra period. She received a pass from junior Bella Richards and sophomore Miri Taylor to break a 93-minute scoreless tie. After a combined 25 attempts between both teams during regulation, Hofstra secured the win with the first shot in extra time.
Bryan has 26 career goals for the Pride which is tied for eighth in program history with Elise Bizzozzaro (2000-04). She also moved to seventh all-time in points (68), surpassing Laura Greene (2008-11).
It was a game filled with several momentum swings,the final shot tally ended in favor of Hofstra, 15-11. The hosts applied pressure early on as the Pride had four chances within the first 20 minutes with Rambler goalkeeper Grace Droessler making three saves. With 13 minutes left in the first half, Loyola had the chance for a breakaway, but a strong defensive play by sophomore Lily Stavisky and a save by freshman goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich kept the visitors off the scoreboard.
Hofstra continued to press in the second half, accuring three corner kicks within the first six minutes. Taylor chipped a ball from outside the left edge of the box. That opportunity was stopped with a one-handed diving save by Drossler before bouncing off the crossbar twice.
Towards the end of the second half, the Ramblers picked up the pace with four consecutive opportunities within the 60 and 70 minutes. Hofstra had four more opportunities by the end of regulation while Kuzmich added another save in the 81st minute to add to her total of four on the day.