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Hofstra keeps rolling with win over UDel

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The Hofstra men’s soccer team grabbed its fourth straight victory Saturday with a 2-1 result over the University of Delaware.

Throughout its four game winning streak, the Pride has dominated play, outscoring opponents 11-1. In addition, all of the wins have come from playing against Colonial Athletic Association rivals.

Before the season started, the Fightin’ Blue Hens were ranked No. 2 in the CAA preseason poll behind Hofstra. They even had one first place vote.

The first score in the game came in the 18th minute when Brown ripped a shot from 25 yards out, putting the Pride up 1-0. This was his fourth goal of the season, which is second most on the team.

In the 33rd minute, the Fightin’ Blue Hens responded. Fede Prieto scored his fifth goal of the season even the game up at 1-1.

With the game knotted up at 1-1, Elliott scored the winning goal in the 58th minute to give the Pride the 2-1 win. 

Danny Elliott and Luke Brown continue to be the driving force of Hofstra’s success, scoring nine of the Pride’s 11 goals during the winning streak.

Although Elliott and Brown have been the offensive figures, some credit should be given to Alex Ashton for goal keeping. Since the game against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte back on Sept. 28 – where he allowed five goals – Ashton has posted shutouts in three of the next four, while saving five shots during that span.

In a game that seemed lopsided from all statistical standpoints, the Pride found a way to leave Delaware with a victory. The most astounding statistic of the day was the differential in corner kicks, where the Fightin’ Blue Hens had ten compared to Hofstra’s zero.

Hofstra’s defense stood the test though, allowing none of those corner kicks to find the back of the net. In addition, Delaware outshot Hofstra 12 to seven.

Hofstra will look to extend its winning streak to five when it faces the University of Virginia on Tuesday.

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