The win improves the Pride's record to 11-1 on the year, including 11 straight wins since a season-opening loss to current No. 4 Boston College, as well as 5-0 in the CAA, leaving it alone in first place. Towson falls to 5-6-3 overall and 1-3-1 in league play.
Hofstra also extended its winning streak against Towson to nine games, and its unbeaten streak against the Tigers to 13 games, since Towson's last win in 1998. In fact, Hofstra moved to the CAA in 2002 with Towson, Delaware and Drexel and is now 29-0 against those three teams since that season after sweeping all three of them again this year.
Hofstra opened the scoring at the 14:46 mark of the first half as junior midfielder Brittany Butts (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) took a short pass from Tarik and split two defenders before taking a shot from the top of the 18-yard box. Towson goalkeeper Joclyn Papciak broke to her right, but the ball deflected off a Towson defender and changed direction, bouncing off the right post and over the line for her second goal of the year.
Tarik then doubled the lead with 6:43 left in the half as a sub (freshman Krysti Rodriguez) had been at the table for two minutes waiting to check in for her. Tarik got to a Towson clearance and split a gap between two Towson players before blasting a 20-yard rocket into the upper-right corner, her team-high sixth goal of the year.
Hofstra held an 11-0 edge in shots in the first half, as Papciak made six saves. Senior goalkeeper Krista Thorn (Smithtown, N.Y.) did not have to make a save in the first half, but she did come off her line to stop a dangerous cross from freshman Emily Banes with a Towson player making a far-post run.
In the second half, the Pride stretched the lead to 3-0 as junior midfielder Tiffany Yovino (Holtsville, N.Y.) converted off a rapid-fire corner kick. Junior midfielder Courtney Breen (Hicksville, N.Y.) snapped a header from 15 yards out that was heading towards the right post. Senior forward Kayla Pifer (State College, Pa.) then re-directed the ball back across the front of the goalmouth, and Yovino slotted home a shot from three yards out at the 55:15 mark.
Towson spoiled the shutout on a penalty kick after Hofstra was whistled for a foul in the penalty area. Melissa Gomes took the shot and buried it under the crossbar past the dive of freshman goalkeeper Emily Morphitis (London, England).
Tarik, though, ended any comeback hopes when she converted her second goal of the game, taking a lateral pass from freshman forward Amber Stobbs (London, England) across the top of the 18, dribbling back towards the middle, and burying a shot in the upper left-corner at the 72:31 mark for her seventh goal of the year, including three two-goal games.
The Pride finished with an 18-4 edge in shots as Papciak had eight saves in goal for the Tigers. Hofstra also had an 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
Hofstra will next be in action when it entertains George Mason on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. George Mason is tied for second only one game behind the Pride at 4-1 in conference play, setting up an early-season showdown for first place at the midway point of the conference season.