The Hofstra women’s soccer team improved to a 6-2-1 record on the season with an impressive 2-1 victory on the road Sunday afternoon over Fordham. This marks six straight wins over the Rams, while also snapping Fordham’s four-game winning streak. Jill Mulholland led the charge and started off the game by firing a perfect pass to Kristin Desmond, who was able to tap it in for the game’s first goal. She then added a goal herself by faking out a defender and slicing the ball into the corner of the net from about 20 yards out. The goal was her seventh of the season, maintaining her reign as the team’s leading scorer.
A pure grind-out game, the Pride showed resilience and grit by winning despite allowing 13 corner kicks. In addition, the Rams outshot Hofstra by a total of 14-8.
The only blunder came in the 31st minute when Rams forward Amanda Miller connected on her first goal of the season. Even as a freshman, she showed great poise, corralling the corner kick and sending it into the back of the net to equalize.
Within just eight minutes, the Pride answered when Mulholland scored the go-ahead goal.
Though Mulholland was great, credit must go to keeper Friederike Mehring for keeping the Pride in the game. She made a big save straight out of the gate in the second half and also punched away another corner 10 minutes later to help keep the Pride’s lead.
Mehring is coming off a career year last season where she posted a 1.15 goals against average per game. In eight games so far, she’s allowed six goals, while posting a 3-1-1 record.
The 2-1 victory against a strong Fordham team truly shows that the Pride can compete with anyone.
The team will look to continue their winning streak this week as they head out on the road to face Drexel next Friday at 7:30 p.m.