Hempstead, N.Y. – Maid Memic and Chris Griebsch scored goals in the same game for the second consecutive contest and sophomore goalkeeper Patric Pray racked up another clean sheet as Hofstra opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a 2-0 victory over UNC Wilmington on Saturday night at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The Pride won their fourth consecutive game and notched a third straight shutout as Memic scored in the 11th minute and Griebsch added a breakaway strike in the 40th minute to move Hofstra to 6-3-1 and 1-0 in league play. UNC Wilmington mustered eight second-half shots but dropped to 5-4-1 and 1-1.
Pray, a transfer from the University of Washington, still has not allowed a goal in his collegiate career. The netminder made two saves—both in the second half—to register his third shutout in three career starts. Counting a scoreless relief appearance in his NCAA debut against Temple, Pray has not allowed a goal in the first 294:20 of his career.
Hofstra’s defense, led by senior co-captain Tyler Botte, sophomore Marius Flateboe and freshman Rory Murphy, held UNCW to just three shots in the first half. Freshman Nino Alfonso also gave a strong effort on the back line. Hofstra has not allowed a goal in the last 335:07 dating to a Monmouth first-half goal Sept. 22.
Memic, a junior co-captain, scored for the fourth straight game with five goals total in those contests. Murphy and Griebsch contributed to the opening strike with Murphy sending a cross from the left side that Memic finished for his team-leading sixth overall goal.
Griebsch gave Hofstra a cushion when he stole a pass and beat UNCW goal Sam Williams one-on-one at 39:59 for his fourth goal. Griebsch registered a game-high six shots.
The Seahawks switched to keeper Sean Melvin to start the second half. The change seemed to spark UNCW, though Hofstra kept its defensive composure. Jacob VanCompernolle had the visitor’s best scoring chance of the night when his header smashed off the crossbar and bounced into the box before being cleared in the 58th minute.
Pray saved Jamie Dell’s 61st-minute shot and grabbed Colin Bonner’s header in the 68th minute to secure the shutout.
Freshmen Reece Alexander and Lerthon Theuma gave Hofstra a boost off the bench with senior Chris Grenzig also contributing one shot as a reserve. Sophomore Felix Schaefer and junior Heidar Emilsson also appeared in the game.
Hofstra will next be in action on Wednesday at Northeastern in a rematch of last year’s CAA championship game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.