Matthew Vowinkel scored for the third time in two games. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Matthew Vowinkel scored a second-half goal and the defense limited James Madison University to three shots on goal as the No. 19 Hofstra University men recorded a 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the 23rd-ranked Dukes at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Saturday night.
The win moved Hofstra into sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association with 13 points.
The Pride (13-1-1, 4-1-1 CAA) extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games and winning streak to three games with its sixth one-goal victory of the season. James Madison slipped to 10-4-1 and 4-2-0.
The teams played a scoreless first half with Hofstra pushing the action with 10 shots, including four on goal, and four corner kicks. The Dukes had four shots in the opening 45 minutes and put one on target.
The Pride finally broke through at 71:09 as Ryan Carmichael sent a long cross from the far sideline to the near post where Vowinkel outleaped his defender and headed it past Dukes keeper Martin Leu. The goal was Vowinkel’s seventh of the season and third in the last two games.
Vowinkel moved past Hofstra Hall of Famer Ed Gaffney into fourth place on the career points list with 85.
The Dukes tried for the equalizer but could not get a shot past Hofstra keeper Wessel Speel. Axel Ahlander had the Dukes best chance, but Speel stopped his 20-yard blast with just under 10 minutes to play.
Speel finished with three saves while Leu had seven for James Madison.
The Pride celebrated Senior Day in a pregame ceremony honoring Alex Dudley, Hendrik Hebbeker, Jack Nuttall, George O’Malley, Storm Strongin and Vowinkel.
Hofstra will look to maintain its lead and lock up a CAA Championship berth next Saturday when it travels to Elon for a 1 p.m. kickoff.