Ramsay lifts Pride over Delaware for eighth straight shutout
On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Hofstra men’s soccer team marched into Grant Stadium and defeated the Delaware Blue Hens by a score of 1-0.
The Pride’s game-winning goal came 13 minutes into the contest from junior Oscar Ramsay, who got it past the opposing goalkeeper by deflecting a shot on goal from freshman teammate Hendrik Hebbeker. Hebbeker earned an assist on the play as Ramsay scored his second goal of the season.
The visiting Pride were aggressive for the duration of the match, out-hustling and out-playing their opponents for all 90 minutes. They also out-shot their opposition, finishing the game with six shots taken, four of which were on goal. Comparatively, the Blue Hens also took six shots but none came close to Hofstra’s goal.
The stalwart defense made for an easy night for senior goalkeeper Alex Ashton, whose excellent play this season has created a shutout streak for the team. The win against Delaware extended the streak to eight games, which is currently the longest active streak in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I play.
Further contributions for the Pride came from junior Luke Brown and sophomore Felix Smith Halle. The two each had a shot on goal in the course of the game. Junior Peter Meyer would also take two shots at the Delaware goalkeeper, who needed to make three saves to prevent Hofstra from running away with the game.
The win was Hofstra’s third in a row, and they have now gone eight games without a loss. In that time, they’ve won six games and tied two.
For the season, the Pride’s record is 6-3-3, but their excellent performances in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matches have brought their league record to 3-0-1 as their three-game winning streak began with their second game of league play. Delaware’s loss brings their record 3-8 overall, while going 2-2 in CAA games.
The Pride look to continue to run through their CAA rivals as they travel to Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to take on the Huskies of Northeastern University for the first time this season.
Photo courtesy of Cam Keough