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Hofstra Pride soccer


November 9, 2012
Hofstra women eliminated in NCAA 1st round

NEWTON, Mass. - Hofstra junior goalkeeper Emily Morphitis recorded seven saves but Boston College senior midfielder Kristen Mewis recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 victory in a NCAA Division I women's first-round game at the Newton Soccer Field Friday night.

The Pride ended their season at 11-9-2. Boston College (11-7-3) advanced to next week's second round against winner of Saturday's Long Island University at Penn State contest.

The Pride, making its fourth NCAA tournament appearance and meeting the Eagles for the second time in the competition, faced early pressure. In the second minute, Mewis went in alone on Morphitis, who made a sliding save.

Boston College got on the board in the 12th minute as Mewis sent sophomore forward Stephanie McCaffrey in between two defenders and a closing Morphitis. McCaffrey sent a little chip over the keeper at the top of the penalty area and into the goal for her 10th goal of the season.

BC had a great opportunity to double the lead in the 29th minute as junior midfielder Kate McCarthy fired a shot from just inside the box that Morphitis knocked over the crossbar. Hofstra responded with a blast from outside the box by sophomore forward Caylin Dudley that sailed over the goal six minutes later.

Morphitis probably made her biggest save in the final five minutes of the half as senior forward Victoria DiMartino, a Massapequa, N.Y. native, fired from near the top of the box with the keeper forced to make a kick save. The Eagles outshot the Pride, 9-2 in the first half with Morphitis making four of her seven saves.

Hofstra came out in the second half with more energy and had several good looks at the goal, including freshman midfielder Jill Mulholand's shot in the penalty area that was blocked in the 58th minute, a shot from the top of the box from freshman midfielder Jeannine Molleda in the 69th minute that was saved by senior keeper Alexa Gaul, and a header by junior Brittany Fariella, off a corner kick, that Gaul grabbed in the 75th minute.

The Eagles increased the pressure with the Pride pressing and scored the insurance goal in the 80th minute. The scoring sequence started when a BC cross was headed out to near the top of the box by a defender. The ball landed at the feet of Mewis, who fired a shot past Morphitis for her 14th goal this season.

The Pride had a two good runs in the final 15 minutes but the Eagles defense stopped any threat before Hofstra got inside the box to record their fifth shutout of the season. It was Gaul's fourth clean sheet as she finished with four saves.

The Eagles outshot Hofstra, 19-6, in the contest and enjoyed an 8-5 corner kick advantage.

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