Miri Taylor's late goal helps Pride tie William & Mary
On a sunny, but cloudy Sunday afternoon, Hofstra women’s soccer tied the College of William & Mary 1-1 in a thrilling game.
From the first whistle, the Pride ferociously attacked the William & Mary defense and as a result, nearly scored 15 minutes in as Sabrina Bryan’s shot rattled off the right post and missed the back of the net.
The missed shot did not stop the Pride from continuously pressing into the offensive third of the pitch and pressuring the Tribe defense.
At the end of the first half, the Pride’s offensive onslaught showed as they led 12-4 in total shots, yet the score stood 0-0.
At the start of the second half, disaster struck when in the 47th minute. William & Mary’s Sarah Segan caught Pride keeper Jenna Borresen off guard and chipped the ball over her head and into the back of the net, making the score 1-0.
The mistake did not phase the Pride as they kept attacking throughout the second half.
In the 62nd minute, the Pride missed two shots off a crucial corner that would have tied the game 1-1 but instead William & Mary keeper Katelyn Briguglio stopped both shots.
Though it took its time, luck would finally be with the Pride in the 87th minute as Miri Taylor, who had an astounding 8 total shots, finally found the back of the net on a pass from Bryan, tying the game at 1-1.
Eventually advancing into overtime, the Pride continued to press into William & Mary’s defense but still could not find the back of the net.
At the end of the game, the score stood 1-1 even though the Pride outshot the Tribe 37-13.
“That was our game to win and we lost it. We had the opportunities and we failed to convert on them,” said Hofstra head coach Simon Riddiough.
Looking forward to Thursday’s clash at Drexel, the Pride look to straighten up their play in order to stay in contention.
“We need to win this game to keep our playoff hopes alive, we can no longer coast,” Riddiough said. “Drexel is a tough place to play at, but I know we can do well if we work hard.”
Hofstra has their sights set on the playoffs and are ready to do anything to make an appearance there possible.
After the Pride hit the road to take on Drexel this Thursday, they will not play at home again until Oct. 21 against the College of Charleston in the regular season finale.
Photo courtesy of Cam Keough