Ellen Halseth scored with 2:19 remaining to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Hofstra University women to a 3-2 win over Fairleigh Dickinson at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in the season opener for both teams in Hempstead, N.Y. on Thursday night.
Thevictory was Hofstra’s fifth win in a row in season-openers.
The Pride got a goal and three assists from freshmen. Thorhildur Thorhallsdottir recorded a goal and an assist and Dagny Run Petursdottir and Eila Wennerholm each had an assist.
Thorhallsdottir opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a goal as she took a pass from Petursdottir and put a shot past goalkeeper Malene Nielsen.
The score remained that way until the 70th minute when FDU’s Aitana Martinez-Montoya tied the game after getting past keeper Skylar Kuzmich for an uncontested shot.
The Pride answered six minutes later as senior Anja Suttner knocked in a loose ball in front of the goal following a corner kick. The Knights would not quit as Lea Egner sent a corner kick into the box that was put home by Kiomy Luperon in the 83rd minute.
That set the stage for Halseth to play the hero. Hofstra’s top returning goal scorer, the senior forward headed in a chest pass from Wennerholm following a corner kick from Thorhallsdottir in the 88th minute.
Halseth’s game-winning goal was the third of her Hofstra career.
Kuzmich did not record a save, while Nielsen had nine saves for the Knights.
Hofstra outshot the Knights, 20-4, and held a 10-5 edge in corner kicks.
The Ppride is 17-13 all-time in season openers.
Hofstra is back in action at Yale University on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m.