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Women's soccer drops three straight

By Joe Pantorno, Sports Editor

 

The last time the Hofstra University women's soccer team experienced a three game losing streak was in October of 2006. After its last weekend of CAA play, Hofstra has updated that statistic to October of 2011 with a 3-2 loss to Towson and a 1-0 setback to George Mason.

Things did not look as bleak to start the weekend, when on Friday, freshman striker Sam Scolarici put Hofstra ahead of Towson with a sublime strike in the fourth minute.

The lead would not last long, with Towson's equalizer coming just five minutes later through a Courtney McKee volley off a cross from Cheyenne Skidmore.

Towson took the lead just two minutes later when McKee took advantage of another Skidmore cross.

Courtney Axenfield made it 3-1 in favor of Towson in the fifty-third minute off an assist from Skidmore.

Hofstra managed to pull one back in the seventy-ninth minute when senior striker Laura Greene netted her twelfth goal of the season, but it was not enough as Riddiough's banged up roster looked to improve things on Sunday against George Mason.

"This team is beat up. I do honestly believe if we had the Laura Greene from four weeks ago, she would have gotten two goals in each of these games," said Riddiough. "She's doing whatever she can to battle through when she's being isolated and bullied a bit but she's still finding opportunities and she's been fantastic all year."

Going into the game though, Riddiough seemed optimistic.

"I thought Saturday we had a good day and Sunday's warm up was fantastic," said Riddiough. "I thought, ‘you know what? We're getting it now.' This is the game where we're going to turn it around."

It was a story of defense though, as both teams could not create any threatening offensive chances.

For the game, Hofstra only recorded six shots, with one going on target while George Mason had ten shots with two going on frame.

Tiana Kallenberger broke the deadlock for George Mason in the eighty-eighth minute when she rolled a cross into the back of the net for the game-winner.

"There were no signs that we were going to be in any trouble. Unfortunately, the soccer gods were not on our side," said Riddiough. "Mason, to be fair to them, broke away and managed to find a way past us and beat us 1-0."

Hofstra drops to 6-6 on the season and 2-4 in CAA play.

"We've got to get out of this funk and find a way to turn it around," said head coach Simon Riddiough.

The schedule does not get easier for Hofstra as it faces William and Mary, a perennial conference threat in the CAA.

"It's going to be a tough week of practice, we're going to work hard and get back to basics," said Riddiough. "Hopefully we'll be ready for William and Mary."

Sophomore midfielder Brittany Butts (25) keeping possession against Drexel last weekend. (Cody Heintz/The Chronicle)

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