Ryan Carmichael’s natural hat-trick helped boost the Pride. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Ryan Carmichael scored a natural hat-trick and Hendrik Hebbeker added a goal and two assists as Hofstra rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to post a 4-1 victory over William & Mary in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Hofstra (7-1-0, 2-1-0) ran its winning streak to four games.
The hat-trick was the first for a Hofstra player since Matthew Vowinkel Nov. 2, 2019 vs. Northeastern University.
William & Mary (0-2-0, 2-3-0) struck right off the opening kickoff as Alfredo Bozalongo played the ball to Diba Nwegbo in the center of the field. A Hofstra defender made play on the ball but missed. Nwegbo continued ino the box and put a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Wessel Speel for a goal 12 seconds into the match.
The Pride equalized at 11:46 when Hebbeker took a pass from Storm Strongin and sent in a shot from distance that beat goalkeeper Connor Andrews. About six minutes later, Carmichael began his scoring run when he took a long pass from Hebbeker in space on the left side, dribbled into the box and fired a shot to the far post that gave Hofstra the lead for good at 17:32.
Carmichael and Hebbeker connected again at 74:45. Hebbeker slid a pass across the box to Carmichael, who cut it back and stepped bewtween two defenders before sending a shot past Andrews for a 3-1 lead.
The sophomore from Northern Ireland completed his first career less than a minute later as he ran down a long pass at the end line, cut it back and beat a defender before his tough angle shot found the twine.
Speel was not challenged often as the Pride defense limited the Tribe to six shots and three on goal. The sophomore keeper made two saves in just over 86 minutes before Alex Dudley came on to play the final 3:26.
Andrews finished with six saves.
Hofstra plays at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia Tuesday at 7 p.m.