Hempstead, NY - Senior forward Laura Greene scored two goals for Hofstra as the Pride rallied from a 1-0 first half deficit to post a 2-1 win over Drexel in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup Thursday afternoon at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. The goals were Greene's team-leading 10th and 11th of the season.
Hofstra, which won its second consecutive match, improves to 6-3, 2-1 in the CAA. Drexel saw its two-match winning streak end and falls to 4-5-2, 2-1 in the CAA.
The Dragons controlled the pace of play in the early part of the first half and kept Hofstra pinned in its defensive end for long stretches at a time. Drexel broke through at the 20:33 mark when Alex Vazquez played a long ball to Jenna Lindsay, who carried it into the penalty area and shot it past Hofstra sophomore keeper Kylie Shuster for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Lindsay's fifth of the year.
The Pride responded at the 30:29 mark as freshman Lulu Echeverry threaded a long pass to Greene, who dribbled in to the box and beat Drexel keeper Eve Badana to tie the score. The two teams then had to endure a 52-minute lightning delay with 7:51 remaining in the first half.
Hofstra would go ahead for good 8:33 into the second half due in large part to a great individual effort from senior Courtney Breen. The midfielder took possession of the ball just outside the box and carried the ball around three defenders before sliding a pass to Greene, who was unmarked in front of the goal. Her shot beat Badana for a 2-1 lead.
Drexel would keep the pressure on the Pride with seven shots following the goal, but Shuster made three of her six saves in the half to keep the Pride ahead.
Greene's two goals extend her point scoring streak to a season-high four games. She also moved past former Hofstra All-American and current assistant coach Tiffany Yovino into a sixth-place tie on the Pride's all-time goal scoring list with 22. She is currently tied with Penny Stansfield (1997-00). Shuster has now won three consecutive starts and is 3-0 on the year.
Hofstra hits the road for its next contest, Sunday at Delaware. Game time is 1 p.m.