The freshman Icelandic duo of Dagny Run Petursdottir and Thorhildur Thorhallsdottir scored goals and the Hofstra University women’s defense held the UNCW attack in check as they registered 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association win at a rainy Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Thursday night.
The Pride (7-6-3, 2-3-2) fighting for one of the eight berths in the CAA Championship, which begins in two weeks. Hofstra is tied with Charleston for ninth place with eight points and plays the Cougars on Sunday. UNCW slipped to 7-6-2, 3-3-1.
Petursdottir, a native of Kopavogur, Iceland, put the Pride on the board at the 8:22 mark when she put home the rebound of Wiktoria Fronc’s shot. Fronc has a team-leading six assists.
Twenty minutes later, the Seahawks took advantage of a Hofstra error to equalize as Pride keeper Skylar Kuzmich came off her line to attempt a clear and mishit the ball right to Morgan Nanni, who chipped it over her head and into the goal for the equalizer.
Thorhallsdottir, a Reykjavik, Iceland native, broke the tie at 38:08 when she jumped and headed in a long service from Leah Iglesias. Thorhallsdottir’s goal tied her with Ellen Halseth for the team lead with six and was her first career game-winning goal.
Hofstra’ defense limited the Seahawks to six shots and four on goal.
The Pride limited UNCW’s leading scorers Madison Henry (seven goals) and Kayla Burroughs (six) to one shot.
Kuzmich made three saves, with two coming in the scoreless second half. Hanna Wise made two saves for the Seahawks.
Hofstra will host Charleston Sunday at noon.