Hendrik Hebbeker scored twice in the opening half. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
Hendrik Hebbeker scored twice in the first half while Eliot Goldthorp, Owen Barnett and Marcelo Lage added single tallies as the Hofstra University men recorded a 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the College of Charleston in the team’s regular season finale on Senior Day at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon.
Hofstra (11-3-3, 5-2-2) won for the second consecutive game and is unbeaten in its last four outings. Charleston dropped to 5-7-5 overall and 3-4-2 in league.
The Pride did not waste any time in getting started as Hebbeker took a pass from Shane Salmon 2:42 into the game and scored his first goal of the season with a right-footed shot from just inside the box into the lower right corner.
Goldthorp made it a 2-0 game when he converted a penalty kick at 11:57. His 14 goals are tied for the fifth most in a season in Hofstra history.
Hebbeker closed out the first half scoring at 32:24 with an unassisted goal.
The second half saw the Pride keep up the pressure, breaking through again at 55:41 when Owen Barnett collected a pass from Oliver Svalander in front of the goal, spun around and put a shot past goalkeeper Justin Bauer for his first collegiate goal.
Hofstra got its final goal about 10 minutes later when Lorenzo Selini’s long cross from the right side found the head of Lage for a 5-0 lead.
The hosts’ defense limited the Cougars to six shots and one on target. Goalkeeper Wessel Speel was called on to make one save in 76 minutes. Alex Dudley played the final 14 and did not face a shot. Hofstra has not allowed a goal in the last 195:30 and has back-to-back shutouts.
Bauer made five saves.
Hofstra outshot the Cougars, 22-6, with the 22 shots a season-best.
Hofstra recognized senior manager Harry Ludwig and senior players Fernando Abascal, Alex Dudley, Stone Strongin, Francesco Perinelli, Salmon, Lage and Hebbeker before the game.
The Pride will learn its CAA Championship fate later on Saturday night. The Pride has clinched a berth but could be the No. 2 seed, have a bye and host a quarterfinal and semifinal game if Elon University defeats UNCW at 7 p.m. Saturday.