WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior Josh West scored a pair of second half goals to spark a, 3-2, comeback victory for the William and Mary men’s soccer team against Hofstra on Saturday night.
William and Mary, which moves its winning streak to four games, improved to 8-3-1, 3-1-0 in CAA play, while Hofstra dropped to 8-5-2, 2-2-1.
The Pride jumped on the board first with a goal in the 25th minute of the match. Off of a Tribe turnover, Maid Memic collected the loose ball and started a breakaway. As he charged the box, he fired a shot into the lower right corner of the goal, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead.
W&M was able to find the equalizer for the first time right before halftime. In the 40th minute a Tribe attack led to a corner kick. Senior Roshan Patel sent the ball in, and found junior Michael Teiman. Teiman was able to get his head on the ball and direct the ball into the right side of the net.
At the break, the match was tied 1-1 with the College holding a slight 9-8 advantage in shots. However, the Pride held a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Hofstra was again able to pull in front with a goal in the 55th minute. Herbert Biste found some space and uncorked a shot from 30 yards out into the left side of the goal. The tally gave the Pride a 2-1 advantage.
Following the goal William and Mary was able to fire off three shots within in a matter of seconds. The first two, from sophomore Jackson Eskay and senior Will Smith, were saved by Pride goalkeeper Patric Pray. The final chance from redshirt senior Chris Perez was pushed wide.
The Tribe was once again able to tie the match in the 77th minute. Eskay fired a shot that was deflected and found its way to West. West, controlled the loose ball, and fired the ball square into the back of the net.
Just four minutes later West struck again. Perez found the ball on the right side of the field and made a great move to shake a defender. With space, Perez found West, who one-timed the ball into the lower left corner. The tally, which was the fifth of the season for West, lifted William and Mary to a 3-2 lead.
The multi-goal night was the first of West’s career. In goal, redshirt freshman Mac Phillips recorded five saves, earning his eighth victory of the campaign.
William and Mary has won five of its last six matches, including four matches in a row. The four-match win streak is the longest since the Tribe reeled off four straight from Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2011.
The Green and Gold hit the road for a pair of matches, starting at Delaware on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.