Hempstead, NY - Caylin Dudley scored a first half goal and goalkeeper Kylie Shuster made two saves in goal to post her first career shutout as Hofstra posted a 1-0 win over Virginia Commonwealth Sunday afternoon at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. Hofstra improves to 5-3, 1-1 in the CAA, while VCU drops to 2-7-1, 0-2 in the CAA.
Dudley's goal came off a cross from Laura Greene that deflected off of a VCU defender. The freshman from Grasonville, MD, collected the carom and drilled a shot from approximately 12 yards out past Kristin Carden at the 26:53 mark. The goal was Dudley's second of the year.
Hofstra controlled play in the half, posting 14 shots to VCU's three. But in the second half, the Rams turned up the pressure and took eight shots at Shuster and had numerous other balls played into the scoring area.
VCU's best chance came in the 60th minute when Azania's booming shot hit the far post and the Pride were able to clear the rebound. In the final 15 minutes, the Hofstra defense stepped up and held VCU to just one shot.
Hofstra also had several chances in the second half, but Carden made two saves down the stretch and the VCU defense blocked several shots as well.
Shuster finished with two saves, while Carden had six for VCU. in addition to her first career shutout, the victory was the second of Shusters career ( a 5-4 win over Harvard on September 16 was the first).
The Pride doubled up VCU in shots, 22-11. With her assist, Greene has now scored a point in three straight games, matching her season high.
Hofstra returns to action on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. when it concludes a three-game home stand against Drexel.