The Broncs of Rider University needed overtime Friday to defeat the Hofstra Pride, handing Hofstra its fourth loss of the season. The Pride struggled on penalty corners, converting just one goal in 11 corners.
“That was a change in the game,” said Coach Kathy De Angelis, “You can’t have 11 corners and not execute.”
Rider scored first on an unassisted goal from Alsina Clotet at 13:48, one of 5 shots taken by the Broncs in the first half.
Rider held the Pride scoreless for 55 minutes before Charlotte Loehr scored her first collegiate goal on a penalty corner assist from Stella Schoen.
“I’m really happy for her, it was a great shot,” said De Angelis. “Being her first goal it was really exciting, and it was super execution.”
Loehr’s goal would be the only one for Hofstra, as 18 of their 19 shots on the day failed to reach the back of the net.
“We did a great job, we had a great game plan and moved the ball so incredibly well,” said De Angelis. “Unfortunately, we just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Neither team would score in regulation after that, and the game would go into 7 on 7 overtime, Hofstra’s first overtime game this season. The Pride defense faltered in overtime, allowing 4 shots on senior goalie Kaitlyn De Turo.
“Rider did a great job to capitalize on any opportunities to get a shot off and finish with it,” said De Angelis.
Nicole Hareau, of the opposing team, would score on a breakaway pass from Sandra Penas, sister of Hofstra midfielder Marta Penas, to end the game in sudden death overtime.
“When you play 7 versus 7 you can lose possession for a second and that can change the impact of the game,” said De Angelis. “I wish we could’ve maintained possession a little bit longer. I think once we started to get our system going we definitely wanted to draw a corner and we didn’t get the opportunity to.”
The 2-1 loss dropped Hofstra’s record to 2-4 on the season, and, despite the loss, Hofstra goalie Kaitlyn DeTuro managed 7 saves on 9 shots on goal.
The Pride would next take on the Yale University Bulldogs in another overtime contest that would see Hofstra on the winning side.
Yale scored just over one minute into the game on a penalty corner shot from player Georgia Holland.
The Bulldog defense was able to hold off Hofstra for 32 minutes before Jonel Boileau scored on a crossing pass from Lauren Del Valle. “Their press was something a little different than we’re used to, and they put a lot of pressure on our backfield,” said De Angelis. “It took us a little bit of time to adjust, but, overall, I think we started to get more and more confidence in our backfield.”
Jonel Boileau would score a second goal at 39:09 and Claudia Marin-Samper would add another goal on an assist off of a deflection from Stella Schoen, giving the Pride a 3-1 lead with just 18 minutes remaining in the game.
Hofstra’s lead would not last long as Yale’s Georgia Holland would score her 2nd goal of the day on an assist from Emily Shuckert and Erica Borgo which would tie the game at 3 with just 2 minutes remaining in regulation. “We lost a litte bit of confidence, and we were playing not necessarily to win the game but to not lose,” said De Angelis.
The overtime period would not last long as The Pride’s Jonel Boileau would score her third goal of the day just five minutes into the period. “She played fantastic today not just with her goals, her effort and her athleticism today were just superior,” said De Angelis. “I’m really excited about her performance today. She continues to get better and certainly getting a hat trick today and putting in the game winner, I’m really excited for her”.
Boileau’s goal gave Hofstra its 3rd win of the year and brought their record to 3-4. The Pride finish a five game home stand on Friday the 20th against Richmond University before facing #7 ranked UMass on the 22nd and #19 Boston University on the 29th.