Novmeber 3, 2011
Hofstra women lose to Delaware, 1-0
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Delaware forward Ali Miller scored from 25 yards in the 70th minute to lift the fourth-seeded Blue Hens to a 1-0 victory over No. 5 Hofstra in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Assocation Women's Soccer Championship at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Thursday night.
The victory sent the Blue Hens (10-6-4) into Friday's 7:30 p.m. semifinal match against top-seeded William & Mary. Hofstra, which saw its four-match winning streak snapped, dropped to 10-8.
The Blue Hens controlled play through much of the first half and held an 11-5 advantage in shots. But neither team would score in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half was much of the same as the Blue Hens put constant offensive pressure on the Pride and Delaware was finally able to get on the scoreboard with just over 20 minutes to play. Miller got the ball in space just outside the box in the middle of the field and sent a left-footed shot just inside the right post. It was her team-leading 13th goal of the season.
The goal came with Hofstra playing down a player as the Pride was forced to compete with only 10 players over the final 28:25 after defender Brooke Bendernagel was issued a second yellow card.
Delaware out-shot the Pride 20-12 in the contest. Miller took a team-high six shots, with five of them on net.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Morphitis, who posted shutouts in Hofstra's final three regular-season matches, did her best to keep the Pride in the game with nine saves. Senior Breanna Stemler stopped five shots for the Blue Hens and recorded her fifth shutout of the season.
Freshman Sam Scolarici took a team-high five shots for the Pride, including a header off a free kick that was saved by Stemler with just over a minute left in the contest.