Simon Riddiough had the Hofstra women pointed in the right direction again. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra’s SID)
Simon Riddiough has guided the Hofstra University women’s team for 14 years, so he knows a thing or two about the game.
That includes how to build a team, get the message across to his players and then make them into a winning squad.
As it turns out, 2019 was no exception as the Pride finished atop the Colonial Athletic Association for the third consecutive year and reached the NCAA Division I tournament.
For Hofstra’s and the coach’s achievement, Riddiough was named FrontRowSoccer.com women’s college coach of the year. Coaches from the metropolitan area were eligible.
Riddiough’s Pride side recorded the a 16-4-2mark while going undefeated in the CAA at 7-0-2. He has forged a 165-80-121 mark during his coaching tenure at the school.
Hofstra’s winning ways should be no surprise to Riddiough followers. His teams have never experienced a losing season.
Under Riddiough’s guidance, the Pride has won four CAA championships, in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Hofstra earned a first round NCAA Division I Tournament win over Loyola Chicago, 1-0, on Sabrina Bryan’s extratime goal to reach the NCAA second round for the second consecutive year before losing to eventual champion Stanford University, 4-0, Nov. 23.
Two players — midfielder Lucy Porter and Bryan, a forward — were named to the NCAA Division I women’s All-American team. Porter was chosen to the second team, while Bryan was selected to the third team. Both players are juniors and were named FrontRowSoccer.com’s co-women’s college players of the year earlier on Friday.
Two other Pride players also made an impact — sophomore forward Miri Taylor and freshman defender Anja Suttner, who were named to the All-Region team.
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