By PJ Potter - STAFF WRITER
The 22nd-ranked Hofstra men’s soccer team dropped their second consecutive game in a Top 25 battle against No. 11 Coastal Carolina, 2-1, in South Carolina Monday night.
Both defenses kept the game scoreless until the 36th minute, when Coastal Carolina forward Darius Strambler tallied his first goal in a Chanticleer uniform. Arnar Geirsson was given the assist, his second of the year.
The Chanticleers (10-1-1) held a 1-0 lead going into the second half. They outshot the Pride 6-2 in the opening 45 minutes.
Danny Elliott drew the equalizer for the Pride in the 78th minute on a header off the pass of Meshack Eshun Addy, his second score this season. Eshun Addy increased his assist total to three.
With only seven minutes left in the match, the score remained 1-1. Coastal Carolina marched its attack downfield towards Hofstra goalkeeper Patric Pray. Chanticleer senior Tobenna Uzo found Bryce Follensbee for the game-winning score, his seventh of the year, to topple the Pride in a 2-1 win.
Hofstra was limited to four shots for the match, as opposed to Coastal Carolina amassing 15.
Pray saved four shots on mark and is now at 65 total this year, which leads the Colonial Athletic Conference by 17. Coastal Carolina keeper Fernando Pina stopped two.
Hofstra is now 10-5-0 (5-1-0 CAA) this season. They play three more games before the conference playoff tournament begins, starting with CAA powerhouse Elon (12-2-0, 5-1-0) on Saturday night at 7 p.m.