empstead, N.Y. – Hofstra has found a comfort zone at home this season and will look to continue that trend when the Pride hosts New Hampshire on Saturday at 2 p.m. from Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The Pride (3-3-1) enters with wins in two of the last three games while starting 3-0 at home. New Hampshire has won four of the last five and enters Long Island with a 5-2 record.
Junior captain Maid Memic is coming off his first career two-goal game with freshman Ignacio Gorrono picking up both assists in Hofstra’s 2-1 win over Monmouth. Six of Hofstra’s seven games have been decided by one goal or fewer this season.
At home, the Pride has posted a pair of double-overtime victories before besting the Hawks in regulation last weekend. Head coach Richard Nuttall’s team is out-shooting opponents, 113-82.
Hofstra is 5-2-1 in the all-time series against New Hampshire. The series dates to 1995 when both schools were members of the North Atlantic Conference and later in the America East. The teams have not squared off since 2006. Hofstra is 5-1 in the last six meetings dating to 1997.
The Wildcats have won four of the last five, including back-to-back shutouts against Rhode Island and Grand Canyon. UNH has utilized a stingy defense in its opening surge as the squad has given up just four goals in seven games. Starting netminder Travis Worra entered the week with a 0.38 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage.
UNH has shutout four opponents and has used a balanced offensive attack to generate goal support. Jesus Tudela is the only UNH player with multiple goals after tallying two scoring strikes and two assists in six games. Six other Wildcats have one goal.
Senior goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini has started all seven games for Hofstra while making 24 saves. A strong defensive unit in front led by Marius Flateboe, Tyler Botte and Rory Murphy have held rivals to a .097 shooting percentage.
Freshman Mario Ruiz, who is one of seven first-year players to start a game for Hofstra this season, also recorded his first career point with an assist against Monmouth. Seven players have scored goals for the Pride this season with nine recording at least one point.