Wilmington, NC - Junior forward Salma Tarik (Bellmore, NY) and sophomore forward Laura Greene (Holbrook, NY) scored second-half goals just 1:04 apart as the Hofstra Women's Soccer team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit and picked up its fifth comeback win of the season by a 2-1 final over UNC Wilmington on Friday evening.
With the win, the Pride improves to 9-4-1 overall on the season and maintains its hold on first place in the Colonial Athletic Association at 6-1. Hofstra's six wins give it 18 points, a five-point margin over second place UNC Wilmington and James Madison (4-2-1, 13 points) with four conference games to play. UNC Wilmington falls to 8-6-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the CAA with the loss.
The Pride trailed 1-0 at halftime, but came out in the second half applying steady pressure to the UNC Wilmington defense. Hofstra finally broke through at the 65:35 mark, when Tarik scored her team-high ninth goal of the season on a scramble in front of the goal. Just 1:04 later, Greene gave Hofstra the lead with her second goal of the year when she hit the crossbar with her first attempt, then headed in the rebound.
UNC Wilmington pushed forward to try to find the equalizer, and had a sequence of three shots and three corner kicks in a two-minute span around the 80-minute mark, but the Pride defense blocked all three shot attempts.
The comeback marked the fifth time this season that Hofstra has won after giving up the first goal. It also came back to defeat Richmond and Princeton 2-1, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Delaware 3-2, and defeated William & Mary 4-1 after giving up an early goal on Sunday. Two of Hofstra's four losses have also occurred when the Pride scored first.
UNC Wilmington took a 1-0 lead at the 8:44 mark of the first half, as Stephanie Rose beat Hofstra goalkeeper Krysten Farriella (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) to a through ball and put the ball into the empty net. Farriella then responded with four first-half saves to keep the score 1-0, before the Pride seized the momentum in the second half. Hofstra took the first eight shots after intermission, as UNC Wilmington goalkeeper Caitlin Hunter made three saves before Tarik and Greene finally broke through in quick succession.
Farriella finished with four saves before leaving the game late as freshman Kylie Shuster (Austin, TX) played the final five minutes in goal. Hofstra finished with a 17-13 advantage in shots (12-5 in the second half). Hunter had seven saves for the Seahawks, six of which came in the second half.
Hofstra will next be in action when it travels to Georgia State on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.