September 23, 2012
Galton leads Hofstra women's rout of Georgia State
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Freshman Leah Galton netted her first career two-goal game and Hofstra shut out a Colonial Athletic Association opponent for the second straight time en route to a 5-0 victory over Georgia State at Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Galton (Harrogate, England) scored Hofstra's opening goal in the 11th minute and again found the net in the second half. Freshman Jill Mulholland (Levittown, N.Y.) scored a goal and added an assist while sophomores Lulu Echeverry (East Meadow, N.Y.) and Ingrid Moyer (Souderton, Penn.) also tallied to lift Hofstra to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the CAA. Georgia State fell to 3-5-1 and 0-2.
Six of the seven Hofstra players who totaled points on the afternoon were either freshmen or sophomores as the youthful Pride outshot the Panthers, 20-7. Hofstra has not allowed a goal in CAA play after defeating UNC Wilmington, 1-0, last week.
Junior Emily Morphitis (London, England) made three saves in 85:03 before giving way to sophomore Lucy Gillett (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) for the nearly the last five minutes. The duo combined on the shutout, marking Hofstra's fourth of the season.
Hofstra's goal output was its highest since a 5-4 win over Harvard last season. The team's previous five-goal margin of victory came in a 5-0 win Albany on Sept. 2, 2011.
Galton opened the scoring in the 11th minute when she headed in Mulholland's cross near the left post. Mulholland got on the score sheet again when she took sophomore Anya Koren's (Scottsdale, Arizona) pass and delivered a hard shot to the upper left-side of the net in the 25th minute.
Echeverry opened up a 3-0 lead for the Pride right before halftime. The midfielder gave the Pride a boost coming off the bench, dribbling into the box before beating Panthers goalkeeper Rebecca Toler to the left side in the 43rd minute.
Just like the first goal, Hofstra used an all-freshmen connection to set up the team's fourth strike in the 70th minute. Chloe Dale (Birmingham, England) sent a crisp lead pass to Galton, who gained separation from a defender and scored to the top left-side for her second goal of the game. Galton's five goals is tied with Mulholland and sophomore Sam Scolarici (Aldie, Va.) for the team lead.
Moyer, who has played a valuable role as a reserve this season, scored her first career goal in the 82nd minute, connecting off a rebound from 16 yards. Moyer's goal was the first in 15 career games.
The game also marked the Hofstra debuts for freshman Lea Hinnen (Moehlin, Switzerland) and senior Amanda Heyde (Somers, N.Y.) Heyde, a four-year member of the Pride's field hockey team as a goalie, appeared as a defender in her first official game as a Hofstra soccer player.
Hofstra's defense ensured no Georgia State player registered more than two shots. Juniors Ruby Staplehurst (London, England) and Tara Kerns (Chesapeake, Va.) helped ensure Hofstra maintained possession advantage. The Pride held Georgia State leading scorers Whitney Ravan and Jewel Evans without a shot.
Hofstra will next be in actton at James Madison on Sunday at 1 p.m.