HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The No. 25 Hofstra University women scored a pair of second-half goals while goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich recorded four first-half saves en routte to a 2-0 win over Bucknell University at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium Friday afternoon.
Hofstra earned its third consecutive victory, improving to 6-1, while Bucknell dropped to 2-4-1.
The match was fast-paced early on, as Bucknell had one of its best chances but Kuzmich came off her line and made a big save less than a minute after kickoff. Kuzmich made another massive save under four minutes later, a diving stop.
Hofstra nearly claimed the early first half advantage, but a penalty kick by Lucy Shepherd sailed high around the 15-minute mark.
The Pride broke through early in the second half. Miri Taylor controlled a pass and fed a perfect ball down the right side to Shepherd, who sent in a cross and found Amanda Ebbesson for the one-time volley to put Hofstra up, 1-0.
In the 70th minute, Hofstra drew up a near-identical play, but this time Emily Rose won the ball near midfield, delivered a pass to Shepherd up the right wing. Again, Shepherd crossed it in from the outside of the box to find Taylor, who sliced in a shot inside the left post.
The Pride posted a 16-4 advantage in shots.
Hofstra hosts Yale on Sunday at noon.