Game 5 Recap (CCSU 1, Hofstra 0): Midfielder Jen Frisch scored on a perfectly-placed 35-yard shot just 2:40 into the game to give the Central Connecticut Women's Soccer team a 1-0 win over Hofstra on Saturday afternoon in the Pride's first-ever game at the brand-new Hofstra Soccer Stadium. The game's only goal was scored when Central Connecticut's Marina Lorentzson got to a loose ball near the top of the box. She played the ball back to Frisch, who one-timed a shot from 35 yards out. The ball went on a line drive straight into the upper-left corner, just over the fingertips of diving Hofstra goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY). The rest of the first half was uneventful, as Hofstra took only three shots in the first 45 minutes, while Central Connecticut took two, including the goal. However, the Pride turned up its level of play in the second half, keeping the Blue Devils under almost constant pressure. Hofstra came closest to scoring when they were awarded a direct kick from just outside the right edge of the penalty box. Senior back Dolores Deasley (Drumkeen, Ireland) took the shot, which appeared to be going into the upper-left corner. However, Blue Devil goalkeeper Sabrina Mariani got her fingertips on the ball and deflected it off the crossbar. Sophomore forward Ashley Shaban (Oakland, NJ) pounced on the ricochet, but blasted a shot off the outside of the near post. Mariani had eight saves to get the shutout for Central Connecticut. Wachsberger had one save for the Pride, which held a 13-4 edge in shots and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks, including 10-2 in shots and 8-1 in corner kicks in the second half.
Game 6 Recap (Hofstra 6, Quinnipiac 1): Senior forward Elyse Bizzozzaro (Manalapan, NJ) came off the bench to score two goals a little over three minutes apart in the first half to send the Hofstra Women's Soccer team on its way to a 6-1 win over Quinnipiac on Tuesday afternoon at Hofstra Soccer Stadium. Hofstra and Quinnipiac were playing to a 0-0 stalemate when Bizzozzaro, who missed the Central Connecticut game after picking up two yellow cards in the previous contest, checked in during the 22nd minute. A little over 10 minutes later, she took advantage of a Quinnipiac giveaway in its defensive third and buried a shot under the crossbar from a tough angle along the left edge of the penalty box to put Hofstra ahead 1-0. Just 3:25 later, she scored again on a similar play, as Bobcat goalkeeper Heather Zaccone miscommunicated with one of her defenders and left the ball loose just outside the 18-yard box. Bizzozzaro stepped in, took one dribble, and tucked the ball over the head of a defender and into the vacated net from the left side of the penatly box for her second goal of the day and sixth of the season (including three game-winners). She also moved into fifth place on
Hofstra's all-time goals list with 18 in her three seasons with the Pride. Senior midfielder Charity Schmitt (Pawcatuck, CT) extended Hofstra's lead to 3-0 early in the second half when she one-timed a shot from 25 yards out that sailed into the upper right corner at the 61:15 mark. Hofstra tacked on three more goals in the second half on the first collegiate goals for senior midfielder Valerie Roesler (Sewell, NJ), freshman back Bree Best (Queensland, Australia), and senior midfielder Kendra Sullivan (Middleboro, MA). Best and Sullivan both scored off corner kicks, taken by junior midfielder Emma Kilduff (Kildare, Ireland) and senior midfielder Marisa Pistone (Hicksville, NY), respectively. Junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY) was denied her fourth shutout of the season in the 88th minute, when Quinnipiac was awarded a penalty kick on a hand ball in the left edge of the box. Bobcat forward Christina Salamone converted the penalty kick on her team's only shot of the game. Hofstra finished the day with a 24-1 edge in shots and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.
Game 7 Recap (Hofstra 2, Pittsburgh 0): Senior midfielder Marisa Pistone (Hicksville, NY) scored directly off a corner kick in the first half and sophomore forward Ashley Shaban (Oakland, NJ) scored her first goal with the Pride in the second half as Hofstra defeated Pittsburgh 2-0 on Sunday. Hofstra was in control throughout as junior goalkeeper Rebecca Wachsberger (East Meadow, NY) needed to make just one save to get her fourth shutout of the season. The Pride held a 15-3 advantage in shots for the game, with the only Panther shot on goal a 30-yarder that Wachsberger saved on two hops early in the second half. The Pride would get all the offense it would need in the game's 10th minute as Pistone took a corner kick from the right sideline. She bent a shot on net around to the far post that got over the head of Pittsburgh goalkeeper Jamie Pelusi. A Panther defender tried to clear it off the line, but it deflected in for a Pride goal. Pittsburgh had one good chance to even the score n the 30th minute as reserve forward Kristina Francois got to a loose ball from 25 yards out and one timed a hard shot that barely eluded the dive of Wachsberger. However, the ball deflected off the outside of the left post and out of bounds for a goal kick. Hofstra then tacked on an insurance goal early in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Nina Nanavrakis (Rockville Centre, NY) got to a ball near the left end line and sent a cross into the middle of the penalty area. Senior back Dolores Deasley (Drumkeen, Ireland) flicked a header into the front of the net, where Shaban was able to tap it in from three yards out to extend the lead to 2-0. It was Shaban's first goal at Hofstra after transferring from Rutgers during the offseason.