Goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich made five saves, including on a second-half penalty kick, to make Ellen Halseth’s third-minute goal stand up in a 1-0 Hofstra University victory over the Princeton University women at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. on Thursday night.
Hofstra improved to 5-2-1 while Princeton slipped to 4-3-0.
Kuzmich made three saves in the first half and came up with two big ones in the final 45 minutes. The senior keeper’s biggest save came with just under 39 minutes on the clock as she stopped Pietra Tordin’s penalty kick with a dive to her left.
Hofstra defender Anja Suttner, a two-time Colonial Athletic Association defensive player of the year, also came up big as her slide tackle with just under five minutes left stopped a 1 v 1 opportunity and her bicycle kick clearance prevented the tying goal just about a minute later.
The Pride took advantage of an early Princeton error to score the only goal. A Princeton defender played the ball back to goalkeeper Tyler McCamey (fove saves) in the third minute and a charging Halseth was able to deflect McCamey’s clearing attempt into the net for her third goal of the season.
will wrap up its non-conference schedule when it hosts Columbia University Sunday at 1 p.m.