Williamsburg, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team fell in heartbreaking fashion on Friday night, losing on a last-minute goal to #23-ranked Hofstra, 3-2. With the loss, the College falls to 7-6-2 overall and to 3-3-1 in the CAA, while the Pride improves to 13-1 and to 7-0 in conference play.
The Tribe was led offensively by sophomore Mallory Schaffer, who netted a pair of match-tying goals on the night. Tallying assists for the College were sophomore Cortlyn Bristol, sophomore Kiersten Harpe, and freshman Audrey Barry.
The Pride would strike early on a cold, soggy night in Williamsburg, scoring a goal in the eighth minute. On the attack, Hofstra's Lauren Greene took the ball down the left flank and sent a pass to the center of the box, finding a streaking Tiffany Yovino. The Pride midfielder beat the W&M keeper from 12-yards out to the right, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead.
After the goal, the Tribe's offense would come alive, outplaying the Pride for the remainder of the half. The College would get six of its seven shots in the first half on goal, while the Pride put three of its four shots on net in the first 45 minutes. At the half, the Pride would hold on to a 1-0 lead over the Tribe.
The Tribe had a great look on goal in the 29th minute. Sophomore Cortlyn Bristol received a pass from the right wing and touched it across the top of the box before ripping a shot toward net. Her shot was destined for the upper-right corner of the goal, but the HU keeper made a great save, getting her hand to it and pushing the ball off the crossbar.
The College would suffer a similar heartbreaking result just five minutes later. Again on the attack, Bristol would feed the ball to the left side of the box, finding an open Diana Weigel. Weigel fired a shot from 10 yards out, curving it towards the top-right corner, but the Pride keeper would make a sprawling save, getting a hand to it and pushing it off the crossbar once again.
At the start of the second half, the Tribe would keep up the pressure and in the 47th minute, the College would find the equalizer. As the Tribe was on the offensive, Harpe found space down the right side and centered a pass towards the middle of the penalty box. The pass beat a diving Hofstra keeper and Schaffer was there to finish into the left-side netting from close range. Schaffer's fifth score of the season tied the match at 1-1.
In the second half, the match would take on a more physical tone, with fouls piling up on both sides. Hofstra would pile on the shots in the second half, especially when the College was forced to play with 10 players, but of the Pride's 14 second-half shots, only two were dangerous.
In the 79th minute, the Pride would regain the lead on a goal from Salma Tarik, who netted her CAA-leading ninth goal from eight yards out. With 10 minutes left, the Tribe found itself down, 2-1.
Despite playing a woman down, the Tribe's offense remained dangerous and the College would challenge Hofstra's defense. In the second half, the Tribe would take three shots, all being good chances for a score.
In the 89th minute, it appeared that the Tribe had found the equalizer on a great offensive build-up. On the attack, Barry made a run down the left side, finding Bristol near the corner of the field. Bristol sent a great cross in front of the goal, getting the ball in a dangerous position. Schaffer and the Hofstra goalie would reach the ball at the same time, but Schaffer would win out, burying the ball in the back of the net with a great header from six yards out. Schaffer's second goal of the match, her sixth of the season, tied the match with just 101 seconds to go in regulation.
The match would never see overtime, however, as the Pride would score the game-winning goal with just 45 seconds left. Off a cross, Hofstra's Tiffany Yovino headed a ball past the W&M keeper, beating her to the right. The Tribe would try to find an equalizer but time would run out and the Pride would escape with a 3-2 win.
The William and Mary Tribe women's soccer team will be at home this Sunday, October 17 when the College will play host to Northeastern. Kickoff at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.