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Greene's OT Penalty Kick Gives Hofstra 2-1 Win Over Texas Tech

Published: September 9, 2011

Lubbock, TX - Laura Greene scored on a penalty kick at 97:43 to give the Pride a 2-1 win over host Texas Tech in the opening round of the Red Raider Invitational. The win was Hofstra's third consecutive victory and improved the Pride's record to 3-1 on the year. Texas Tech dropped its second consecutive contest to fall to 3-3 in 2011.

Sam Scolarici put Hofstra on the board with her first collegiate goal at 19:28 following a scramble after a Pride corner kick. But the lead was short-lived as Jaelene Hinckle scored unassisted at 24:30 to tie the score at 1-1.

Both teams had several chances in the second half, but neither could put in the go ahead tally. The Red Raiders had a great chance in the 53rd minute when Paige Strahan had her shot cleared off the line by the Pride's Ruby Staplehurst. Five minutes later Greene had a chance for the Pride but her shot glanced off the post and went wide.

Texas Tech did control play in the half, collecting 19 shots. But only four of the shots were on goal and Pride keeper Emily Morphitis made three of her five saves in the half.

In the overtime, Texas Tech had the first opportunity but Tiffani Smith's shot sailed high. Then after Hofstra brought the ball down to its offensive end, a Texas tech player fouled a Hofstra player in the box to set up Greene's winner. The senior beat Red Raider keeper Victoria Esson to her left with a low shot for her fifth goal in the last three games.

Tech held a 30-18 advantage in shots in the game, though Hofstra was more accurate as the Pride put nine shots on goal compared to seven for the Red Raiders.

Hofstra will face TCU Sunday in the second round of the Red Raider Invitational. The Horned Frogs were 1-0 winners over Toledo in the first game of the Invitational. Game time is set for 11 a.m. eastern time.

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