WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior Chris Albiston’s goal in the 37th minute lifted the William and Mary men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Hofstra in the CAA Quarterfinals on Saturday night.
William and Mary improves its record to 10-4-2, while Hofstra drops to 8-6-4 on the season. The 10-wins are the Tribe’s most victories since 2011.
The Tribe had the fist opportunity of the night in the sixth minute. Junior Marcus Luster, who was on a on a breakaway, fired a shot past the Hofstra goalkeeper, but the ball hit off of the post and was cleared.
Hofstra's first chance came in the 15th minute. Chris Griebsch put a shot on target, but redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips came up with the save. In the 27th minute Griebsch again put a shot on frame, but the result was the same, with Phillips making the stop.
William and Mary broke the scoreless tie in the 37th minute. Redshirt senior Ben Coffey sent a long pass that found freshman Reilly Maw. Maw, who got tied up with a defender, was able to feed a pass to Albiston. Albiston, who was on a one-versus-one with the goalie, fired his shot into the lower left corner of the net. The goal, which was the fourth of the season for Albiston, gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
At the break, William and Mary held the 1-0 advantage. The Tribe was outshooting Hofstra 7-4, but the Pride had a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal.
One of the Pride’s best chances of the night came in the 51st minute, when Griebsch was able to get another shot off. This time he hit the shot off of the post and the ball was cleared away. Again in the 63rd minute Hofstra had another strong look. Reece Alexander put a shot on frame, but senior defender Will Smith was there to clear it away, earing a team save.
William and Mary had multiple chances in the second half to extend its lead, but pushed many shots high and wide. The only shot that went on target came in the 88th minute. Senior Zachary Montebell uncorked a shot, but it was saved by Hofstra keeper Patric Pray.
Hofstra’s final shot of the night came in the final seconds of the match. Pushing everybody forward, Rory Murphy was able to get off a shot, but he sent it high as time expired.
For the evening, Phillips recorded five saves in goal for William and Mary. The Rocky Mount, Va. native recorded his CAA-best ninth shutout in goal tonight. The mark ties him for the best single-season mark by a Tribe goalkeeper and places him eighth on the career list.
William and Mary held a slight 15-14 advantage in shots. However, the Pride put six shots on frame compared to just two by the. Tribe.
The College advances to the CAA Semifinals, and will play the No. 2 seed UNCW Seahawks on Thursday Nov. 14. The match, which will be played in Philadelphia, Pa., is set to kickoff at 4 p.m.