Thorhildur Thorhallsdottir scored the insurance goal for the Pride. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
The Hofstra University women are one win away from clinching a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament.
Olivia Pearse converted a first-half penalty kick and Thorhildur Thorhallsdottir added an insurance goal in the second half as the eighth-seeded Pride advanced to the Colonial Athletic Championship game with a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Towson University at Monmouth’s Hesse Field on the Great Lawn in West Long Branch, N.J. on Sunday.
The Pride (9-7-4) will face third-seeded Northeastern in the CAA Championship game at Northeastern University at Parsons Field in Brookline, Mass. on Saturday. Hofstra will play in its 11th CAA Championship game since joining the league in 2002. The Tigers finished the season at 12-4-5.
Hofstra got on the board in the 11th minute, as Thorhallsdottir was brought down in the box resulting in a penalty kick. Pearse stepped to the spot and sent a shot low to the right of goalkeeper Riley Melendez, who was basically frozen on the play and did not make a move to stop it. It was Pearse’s second goal this campaign.
Hofstra doubled its lead at 54:01 when Anja Suttner sent a free kick in on Melendez that was saved. The rebound reached the feet of Thorhallsdottir, who banged home her seventh goal of the season for a 2-0 margin. The two goals are the second-most allowed by the Tigers all season.
The Pride defense did the job, holding the Tigers to six shots and two on target. Hofstra did an exceptional job on the CAA’s leading scorer Nia Christopher (13 goals), as the All-CAA first team selection was limited to one off target shot.
Hofstra goalkeeper Skylar Kuzmich made two saves, while Melendez had two.