Lucy Porter leads Hofstra with 16 goals and 40 points. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
The Hofstra University women meet their biggest challenge of the season when they take on top-seeded Stanford University in the second round of the NCAA Division I tournaemnt at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
The winner will move on to the third round and will face the victor of fourth-seeded Penn State University and the University of Arizona.
The Pride (16-3-2, 7-0-2) extended its unbeaten streak to 16 with its win over Loyola Chicago last week.
Junior forward Sabrina Bryan, who scored the extratime game-winner against the Ramblers, enters the contest on a hot-streak as she has recorded one point in each of the Pride’s last 11 matches. Bryan has recorded 11 goals (seven goals in the last nine games) and 10 assists for 32 points. Junior midfielder Lucy Porter continues to lead the Pride with a program-record 40 points that includes 16 goals and eight assists.
Hofstra boasts one of the most high-powered attacks as the team is ranked 10th in the nation in goals, assists and points. It is also top-15 in assists per game (11th), points per game (12th), and scoring offense (13th).
The match match will be steamed live on the Pac-12 Networks. Live statistics will also be available. Links to both are located at the top of this release and on the Hofstra Women’s Soccer schedule page.
Stanford (19-1) is the top-ranked team in the nation. The Cardinal earned the Pac-12 automatic bid into the tournament and advanced to the second round with a 15-0 rout of Prairie View A&M last week.
Stanford’s one loss of the season occurred at Pepperdine Sept. 13. The team has won its last 14 matches with a 61-6 goal differential during the span. Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year Catarina Mercario has paced the Cardinal with a nation-leading 77 points including 27 goals and 23 assists. Goalkeepers Lauren Rood and Katie Meyer have split equal time, posting a 0.50 goals-against average.
The match match will be steamed live on the Pac-12 Networks.