Hofstra Pride Shutout by Huskies, 2-0 in Big Soccer Match
Added by Bob Whitney on October 10, 2013.
The Hofstra Pride men’s soccer team had a number of streaks broken in their Colonial Athletic Conference showdown with the Northeastern Huskies on a cool, crisp evening at Parsons Field in Brookline, Ma and none were good.
The Pride (6-5-1, 1-1-0 CAA) was outplayed throughout the match and dropped a 2-0 decision to the energetic and opportunistic Huskies (5-4-2, 2-0-0 CAA).
These two soccer programs have a rich history of memorable battles on the soccer pitch. Last year the teams hooked up twice with the Huskies prevailing by identical 1-0 scores; the second win coming in an overtime thriller that gave Northeastern their first-ever CAA conference title.
The Huskie’s continued their dominance over the Pride as it marked the seventh consecutive win in the series. The Pride has not scored a goal against Northeastern since October 2011. The loss also ended the Pride’s four-game winning streak.
Northeastern opened the scoring as Terence Carter scored his fourth goal of the season with 24 minutes left in the first half.
The Northeastern goal ended the Prides streak of not having allowed a goal at 356 minutes. The last time the Pride allowed a goal was in the first half of the Monmouth match on September 22.
The Carter goals also ended the Pride’s Patric Pray’s streak of clean sheets (while a starter) at three games. Pray did set a career high of seven saves in the loss.
The Huskies controlled play in the first half as they outshot the Pride 9-4.
The Pride’s best opportunity of the first half came on a drive by senior Chris Criebsch (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany) that just went over the cross bar.
The second half opened with more of the same as NU dominated early and then converted a penalty kick by the elusive Dante Marini (just past the outstretched right hand of Pray) which gave the Huskies a commanding 2-0 advantage.
The Pride pressed forward midway through the second half as Criebsch, Maid Memic (Kozarac, Bosnia) and Nino Alfonso (West Islip, NY) failed to connect on scoring chances.
The Huskies Dylan Faber came up with a number of big saves that frustrated the Pride. The Pride outshot the Huskies 9-7 in the second half but none could find the back of the net.
Hofstra will return to the soccer pitch on Wednesday, October 16 when the Pride hosts James Madison University (4-5-1, 0-2-0 CAA) in a
CAA conference match. The Pride has not lost a match at home (5-0) this year.
The Dukes dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Delaware Blue Hens (9-1, 1-0 CAA), last evening. First touch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.