TEANECK, N.J. – The Hofstra University women’s soccer team used a strong second half to come away with a 2-1 victory over FDU Thursday night at University Stadium.

The Pride scored twice in the final 45 minutes with Sasha McTiffin netting her first career goal for the game-winner with just over 16 minutes to play. Wiktoria Fronc also scored her first career goal and assisted on the game-winner.

Hofstra evened its record at 2-2 with the win, while the Knights dropped to 0-5 on the season with the loss.

FDU did not waste any time in getting on the scoreboard as Ana Salas scored her first goal of the season and the first FDU goal of the season 38 seconds into the opening half. The Pride had some chances in the first half but were stymied by FDU keeper Marie Jakobsen, who made three saves in the first 45 minutes.

Hofstra dialed up the pressure in the second half, though Jacobsen was up to the challenge. However, in the 67th minute the Pride got a long clearing pass up to Fronc, who raced past a defender and headed it forward into the box before sending a shot past a charging Jacobsen to tie the score at 1. Nearly seven minutes later, Fronc was inside the 18-yard box on the right side and sent a pass to McTiffin, who was centered just inside the area. The freshman volleyed a shot into the top left for what proved to be the game-winner.

The Hofstra defense put the clamps on the FDU offense in the second half, limiting the Knights to just one off-target shot. The Pride offense had 15 shots in the final 45 minutes with 11 on goal.

Mackenzie Sullivan made just one save for the Pride in picking up the win, while Jacobsen had 12 saves for FDU.

Hofstra will head back to Hempstead for its home opener following four road games to open the season. The Pride hosts Saint Joseph’s Sunday at 1 p.m. in a game that will air on MSG Sportsnet.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.