Oct 22, 2012

Tribe Women top Hofstra, 3-2 on Senior Day

Tribe Women's Soccer
Courtesy TribeAthletics.com

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary women's soccer team defeated Hofstra, 3-2 in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.  On senior day, it was only fitting that seniors Cortlyn Bristol and Mallory Schaffer lifted the Tribe past the Pride.  Bristol connected on the game-winning goal in the 106th minute, while Schaffer sent the contest to overtime with the equalizer in the 87th minute of regulation.  The win improves the College's record to 13-5 overall and 7-2 in CAA play, while Hofstra falls to 10-7 on the year and 6-3 in league action.  Additionally, the Green and Gold clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming CAA Tournament.

Hofstra opened the scoring on Sunday afternoon with a goal in the 20th minute.  Pride freshman Jeannine Molleda went unassisted and sent a high shot that was initially thwarted up in the air by W&M freshman keeper Caroline Casey.  However, the bounce went the Pride's way as the ball trickled in to the right netting of goal.  Moment's after the Pride took the early lead, an HU defender was whistled for a red card, which gave the Tribe "a man up" advantage for the remainder of the afternoon. 

Sophomore Emory Camper knotted the match up at 1-1 courtesy of her third score of the season in the 35th minute.  Bristol initialized the opportunity, as the Chanitlly, Va., native sent a cross from the left side to Camper, who proceeded to punch home the goal from six yards away.  The half ended with W&M owning the edge in shots, 9-6, and Hofstra holding the advantage in shots on goal, 4-2.

In the 59th minute, Hofstra went ahead 2-1 after junior Brittnay Farriella tapped in freshman Leah Galton's original attempt from inside the six on a shot that was saved but not controlled by W&M.  With the match drawing towards a close, and with Hofstra still leading, Schaffer gave the College life again after the reigning CAA Player of the Year blasted home the equalizer in the 87th minute.  At midfield.  sophomore Emily Fredrikson sent a pass to freshman Nicole Baxter, who then placed a perfectly placed through ball to Schaffer.  From that point, the Allison Park, Pa., native shelved her 10th goal of the season into the lower right netting of goal.

After the opening 10 minutes of overtime yielded no score, the Green and Gold took over in the second extra minute period.  From the start, W&M dominated possession and in the 106th minute, the Tribe broke through with the game-winning goal.  From eight yards away and on the right side, Bristol cranked home the game-winner off her left foot on a one-timed bounce from Camper's deflected attempt on goal. 

Statistically, the Tribe dominated in shots, 20-9 and corner kicks, 7-2.  Hofstra finished the afternoon with seven shots on goal compared to the Tribe's six.

The College returns to action on Wednesday night, as it closes regular-season play hosting Old Dominion in a match slated to begin at 7 p.m.