Game 1 Recap: (Hofstra 3, Marist 0): Senior forward Elyse Bizzozzaro (Manalapan, NJ) scored a pair of first-half goals to lead the Hofstra Women's Soccer team to a 3-0 win over Marist on Aug. 29 in the season opener for both teams. The win marked the 100th career victory for Hofstra Head Coach JoAnne Russell Bizzozzaro opened the scoring at the 13:11 mark of the first half on a direct kick taken by freshman back Bree Best (Queensland, Australia). The ball bounced into the center of the penalty box, where Bizzozzaro settled it, turned, and knocked a shot into the lower left corner of the net. Bizzozzaro extended the lead to 2-0 at the 30:17 mark when she took advantage of a Marist defensive miscue. Bizzozzaro snuck in and gained possession behind the Marist defense, broke in alone on Marist goalkeeper Danielle Cibelli and deposited a shot into the lower left corner for her second career two- goal game. Senior midfielder Charity Schmitt (Pawcatuck, CT) added an insurance goal 6:20 into the second half when she got to a crossing pass from senior forward Erica Monz (Rocky Point, NY) and knocked home a shot from six yards out. Hofstra, which held a 13-5 edge in shots, was able to cruise home the rest of the way, although junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY) was called on to stop an uncontested shot from Red Fox Maria Roech late in the game to preserve the shutout. Wachsberger finished the game with three saves to record the shutout.
Game 2 Recap (Hofstra 1, Fordham 0 - OT): Senior forward Elyse Bizzozzaro (Manalapan, NJ) scored off a crossing pass from senior midfielder Marisa Pistone (Hicksville, NY) 4:41 into the first overtime session to give Hofstra a 1-0 win over Fordham on Sept. 2. The game- winning goal was set up when senior midfielder Charity Schmitt (Pawcatuck, CT) won a Fordham clearing attempt near midfield. She sent a diagonal through ball that sprung Pistone down the left sideline. Pistone cut into the penalty area, drew Fordham goalkeeper Shannon Misiaszek off her line, and sent a low crossing pass to the far post. Bizzazzaro then ran onto the ball and blasted it into the net from close range before Misiaszek could recover. Hofstra had the better of the scoring chances for most of the game, holding a 13-7 edge in shots. Senior midfielder Elaine O'Connor had a potential first- half goal cleared off the line by a defender, while Schmitt and sophomore back Amber Albrecht (Fairfield, CT) both had open shots from in close go over the bar. Junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY) had five saves for the Pride to record her second shutout of the season and 11th in 22 career starts dating back to last year. Misiaszek had three saves for Fordham.
Game 3 Recap (Hofstra 2, UNCG 0): Senior forward Erica Monz (Rocky Point, NY) broke a scoreless tie with a goal 6:35 into the second half to lead Hofstra to a 2-0 win over UNC-Greensboro at the UNCG/Adidas Classic. The goal was the first of the season for Monz, who started the first two games, but came off the bench for the Pride on Friday. She scored when she ran onto a perfect through ball played by senior midfielder Elaine O'Connor (Dublin, Ireland). Junior midfielder Emma Kilduff (Kildare, Ireland) added an insurance goal just 2:20 later to stretch the lead to 2-0. Kilduff was playing in her first game of the season after missing the Pride's first two contests with a minor injury. Junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY) had four saves to record her third straight shutout to start the season and seventh in her last eight games dating back to last year.
Game 4 Recap: (Hofstra 3, LaSalle 1): Senior back Dolores Deasley (Drumkeen, Ireland) and senior midfielder Marisa Pistone (Hicksville, NY) each had a goal and an assist the Hofstra Women's Soccer team defeated LaSalle 3-1 at the UNC Greensboro/adidas Classic on Sept. 8. The game did not start out well for the Pride, though, as LaSalle struck first just 6:19 into the contest. Rachael Tobin got free along the sideline and sent a perfect cross into the middle of the field that was headed in by Krista Lee. It was the first goal that junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY) has allowed this season after starting the year with three straight shutouts. However, Wachsberger would bounce back quickly in what would be the turning point of the game. LaSalle was awarded a penalty kick at the 16:34 mark, but Wachsberger denied Lee with a diving stop. Hofstra then brought the ball down the length of the field and Bizzozzaro hit the crossbar with a shot from the left side. However, a loose ball off the rebound came to Pistone, who blasted in a shot from 25 yards to even the score at 1-1 just moments after it appeared that the Explorers would take a 2-0 lead. The score remained knotted at 1-1 until the second half, when Hofstra was awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Deasley calmly placed the shot past the dive of LaSalle goalkeeper Marisa Suarez to put the Pride ahead 2-1. Bizzozzaro added an insurance goal with 8:22 remaining in the game off a corner kick, with assists going to Deasley and senior midfielder Marisa Pistone (Hicksville, NY).