Eliot Goldthorp finished with a team-high 17 goals. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
Eliot Goldthorp scored both Hofstra goals, but the University of South Florida scored four unanswered goals to erase a 1-0 deficit as the Bulls picked up a 4-2 victory in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship at Corbett Field in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday night.
The Bulls (9-6-4) advanced to play top-seeded Kentucky in Lexington, Ken. on Sunday night.
The Pride saw its season end with a 14-4-3 record.
Hofstra got on the board first as Goldthorp scored off a 20-yard shot at 5:09. The goal was Goldthorp’s 16th of the season.
Ajmeer Spengler tied the game at 28:10 as he sent in a shot from outside of the 18-yard box into the upper left corner. South Florida earned a corner kick in the final minute of the half as Oscar Resano converted a pass from Brian Schaefer for a 2-1 advantage.
South Florida made it 3-1 from Marcus Victorio 8:32 into the second half, following a Pride turnover deep in the defensive zone. Just over seven minutes later, the Bulls struck again as Shion Soga took a through ball from Gabrielle Privitera and scored.
Goldthorp scored his 17th of the season on a great individual effort as he dribbled across the top of the 18-yard box from right to left before sending a shot through traffic into the lower left corner of the net.
Hofstra did have some other scoring chances as Hendrik Hebbeker had a shot from distance that went off the fingertips of keeper Jakson Weyman and Francesco Perinelli had a shot in close that was also turned away by Weyman.
Goldthorp joined Roc Carles and Hendrik Hebbeker as the only Pride players with two goals in an NCAA Championship game. His 17 goals rank third all-time in Hofstra season history.
Pride goalkeeper Wessel Speel had three saves.
Hofstra’s 14 wins are tied for third-most in program history.