Eliot Goldthorp recorded a goal and two assists and six Hofstra University men’s players recorded at least one point as the Pride defeated Saint Joseph’s University 4-0, at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. on Tuesday night.
The win was Hofstra’s fourth consecutive and extended its unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1).
The Pride, which received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll this week, improved to 9-2-1, while Saint Joseph’s dropped to 2-5-6. Hofstra is 5-1 at home.
Hofstra scored three first-half goals with Goldthorp setting up the first, by Ryan Carmichael, with a precise cross into the box that Carmichael easily headed in for a 1-0 lead at 20:17. Carmichael took sole possession of 10th-place on the Hofstra career goal scoring list with 24.
Goldthorp also had a hand in the second goal as his corner kick was headed by Oliver Svalander and then by Marcelo Lage into the net for a 2-0 lead at 22:39. The Pride sophomore closed out the first half scoring at 40:04 when he took a pass outside of the box and sent a low shot towards the goal. Carmichael made a run at the goal and obstructed the view of Hawks keeper Lars Haavie, allowing the shot to go in.
Goldthorp has scored in four consecutive games and has seven goals and two assists in that span. moved into a tie for the national lead with 11 goals
The Pride added a second-half goal with Lorenzo Selini netting the first of his career, off a pass from Svalander, at 55:39. Svalander had the ball right in front of the goal, but was marked and sent a pass to Selini near the top of the box and the sophomore drove a shot into the left side of the goal to close out the scoring.
Hofstra outshot the Hawks, 16-5, and limited Saint Joseph’s to two shots on goal. Goalkeepeer Wessel Speel stopped both for his fourth shutout of the season. Haavie had one save.
The Pride will return to action in a huge Colonial Athletic Association game against Elon University at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Pride and the Phoenix are tied atop the CAA standings at 4-1-1.