November 2, 2012
Hofstra men tie, clinch CAA 4th seed
HEMPSTEAD, NY - The Hofstra University men clinched the fourth seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Championship with a 2-2 draw against William & Mary at Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Pride equalized with just under nine minutes remaining on a William & Mary own goal.
Hofstra, which will host a first-round game against either North Carolina-Wilmington or George Mason on Monday, saw its record move to 11-5-2, 5-4-1 in the CAA. William & Mary saw its season end at 4-10-4, 2-5-3 in league action.
The Tribe opened the scoring in the 19th minute as Chris Albiston took a pass from Chris Perez on the left side of the penalty area and blasted a shot into the far corner for his third of the season.
Hofstra scored the equalizer five minutes later as Tyler Botte headed in a Chris Griebsch corner kick for his fifth goal of the season. The assist was Griebsch's team-leading 10th.
But William & Mary answered back in the 39th minute as Zachary Montebell scored his first goal of the season after taking a through ball from Perez and breaking in on goal.
The score stayed that way until late in the second half when Hofstra was awarded its fourth corner kick in just about three minutes as the Pride applied late pressure. Griebsch sent a low cross towards the near post that Tribe defender Ben Coffey deflected with his head into the goal to tie the score at 2-2.
The two teams battled through two scoreless extratime periods before settling for the draw.
Pride keeper Adam Janowski made six saves, while his William & Mary counterpart, Alex Harrington, made five saves. Hofstra outshot the Tribe, 25-22, and held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The time for Hofstra's first round match, as well as opponent will be determined following the conclusion of CAA action on Friday night.