HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The No. 21-ranked William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team extended its winning streak to eight and its unbeaten streak to nine with a hard-fought, 1-0 win over Hofstra on the road on Friday night. With the win, the Tribe improves its record to 12-1-2 overall and to a perfect 7-0 in CAA conference play. With the loss, Hofstra falls to 6-7 on the year and to 2-5 in league action.
Junior Cortlyn Bristol scored the game-winning goal for the College, while goalkeeper Katherine Yount made five saves and recorded her league-leading ninth shutout to lead the Tribe. Junior Erin Liberatore took a team-high four shots, getting one on target.
Playing on a wet, turf field, the Tribe and the Pride played to a scoreless first half, with neither team getting a great look on goal. Most of the second half went the same way, before the College took advantage of a Hofstra misstep and put a score on the board.
With the ball in Hofstra's half, a Hofstra player fell down on the turf, losing possession to Bristol. The junior made a run on goal from 30 yards out, juking right and then going left to beat her defender. Bristol cracked a looping shot on goal from 23 yards out, beating the Hofstra goalie for the match's lone score. Bristol's sixth goal of the season gave the College its winning margin of 1-0.
With the victory, William and Mary extended a pair of impressive streaks. The Tribe has now won eight matches in a row, the longest such streak since W&M won nine consecutive in 2002. The College also ran its unbeaten mark to nine matches, the longest stretch since the Green and Gold went unbeaten in 15 matches back in 2006.
The Tribe improved its CAA conference record to 7-0 on the year with the win over Hofstra, maintaining its spot atop the league standings. W&M now sits an impressive eight points clear of second-place Northeastern, who the Tribe will play on Sunday. The College's 7-0 start is the fourth such beginning to a CAA schedule in program history. In all three previous occasions, the Tribe has earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The No. 21 William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team will continue its road trip on Sunday, October 16, when the College will play the Northeastern Huskies. Kickoff in Boston is scheduled for 1 p.m. with live stats and live video available at TribeAthletics.com.