UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Hofstra University women suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 2-1 decision to seventh-ranked Penn State University at Jeffrey Field Sunday afterenoon.

The Pride (3-1-0) has never beaten the Nittany Lions in eight matches (0-8-0).

Hofstra controlled the pace nearly the entire match, posting a 19-9 advantage on shots and 7-5 edge in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich made compiling a season-high four saves, including a couple one-on-one opportunities.

Senior Miri Taylor recorded her team-leading fourth goal of the season, sliding in a shot off a pass from junior Ellen Halseth. She has recorded at least one point in each match this season.

Penn State (3-0-0) capitalized on its first two chances as Payton Linnehan scored in the fourth minute. Ally Schlegel doubled the lead just before the 15-minute mark.

The Pride responded in the 21st minute when Halseth dribbled up the left side and found Taylor. who poked one past goalkeeper in front of the net.

Hofstra visit Columbia University Thursday at 7 p.m.

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