October 29, 2011
Hofstra men fall in OT, 3-2
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. – Nicolas Abrigo scored twice, including the game winner in extratime as William and Mary defeated Hofstra, 3-2, in a Colonial Athletic Association game on Saturday night.
The Tribe improved to 9-8 and 6-4 in the CAA, while the Pride fell to 6-10 on the season and 3-7.
William & Mary got on the board in the 22nd minute as Chris Albiston sent in a cross from the left side that was mishandled by goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini. After the ball bounced behind him, Abrigo tapped the ball in from two yards out.
The Pride came back less than two minutes later as Tyler Botte carried the ball into the penalty area and was dragged down by a W&M defender, earning the penalty kick. Chris Griebsch converted the kick to tie the match at 1-1.
After the break, the match got a little physical, with both teams receiving yellow cards. In the 68th minute, the Pride was dealt a blow when reigning CAA defender of the year and rookie of the year Shaun Foster was sent off, limiting the Pride to 10 men for the rest of the match.
Despite being a man down, Hofstra took the lead in the 79th minute as Griebsch sent a corner kick in to the area where Tommi Kjartansson headed it past keeper Colin Smolinsky for the goal. But the Tribe scored to tie the match in the 85th minute as Chris Perez scored his first of the season from 22 yards.
In overtime the Tribe controlled possession, taking advantage of the man advantage. Then in the 97th minute Abrigo took a pass from Joshua West and chipped a shot over Pellegrini for the win.
The loss was Hofstra’s second straight 3-2 extratime loss. William and Mary held a 16-8 advantage in shots in the match. Pellegrini made three saves, while Smolinsky posted one save.
Hofstra hosts Penn State in a non-conference matchup at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.