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Women’s soccer now stands alone atop CAA standings

By Sean Williams (Staff Writer)

For the seventh time in the last eight games, the Pride women walked away with a victory, trumping Towson to the tune of 3-1. The Sunday game served to improve the Pride’s home record to an unbeaten 7-0, while outscoring opponents 18-3 when they play at Hofstra.

With this conference win, the Hofstra women have taken sole possession of the Colonial Athletic Association standings, outscoring conference opponents 16-6.

Coach Simon Riddiough called the victory “a quality win” over what he considers to be a talented Towson team. He also praised Towson’s defense, saying that they made it “difficult to get quality chances. We had chances, but not quality chances.”

Riddiough’s compliments were not limited to the opposing team, as he also said that the Pride “did everything I asked for and more.”

The Pride (10-5, 6-1 CAA) had no problem with Towson (1-13-1, 1-6 CAA), out-shooting them 24-6 and scoring first, when sophomore forward Lulu Echeverry was able to put one through in the 13th minute. Senior defender Brooke Bendernagel created the opportunity for Echeverry, who didn’t miss as she scored her seventh goal of the season.

Junior forward Emily Banes of Towson responded, however, with a tying goal in the 26th minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Quinn kept Towson’s otherwise weak performance buoyed by six first-half saves. Quinn would finish the day with 11 total saves on the game.

The Pride came out of the half strong, as sophomore midfielder Sam Scolarici scored a goal in the 59th minute. Echeverry dealt a pass to Scolarici, who took a shot at the top of the box. Echeverry would finish the game with a season-high three points.

Two minutes later, the Pride found the back of the net yet again, this time as freshmen midfielder Jill Mulholland and forward Leah Galton teamed up to score an insurance goal for the Pride.

Galton has caught fire lately, and has 11 points in her last six games. She was named CAA rookie of the week and leads Hofstra with eight goals.

The Pride travels to Old Dominion this Friday and stays on the road Sunday, playing William and Mary in a key conference game that may decide who hosts the conference tournament.

Riddiough described William and Mary as “the team to beat last year,” and this weekend’s matchup between the two powerhouses could help decide the conference.

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