Following a dominant first round win over Memphis in the NCAA Tournament, the Wisconsin Women’s Soccer team (13-3-4 overall) is primed and ready to take on the Pride from Hofstra University (16-5-1 overall) in the second round this Friday evening at Cagan Stadium in Palo Alto, California.
Fueled by outstanding defensive play, incredible goalkeeping, and three goals by three different players, UW had Memphis’ number the entire night in the opening game of the tournament.
Hofstra on the other hand, sitting at 16-5-1 and winning the CAA Championship, is entering this second round matchup on an eight-game unbeaten streak. Beginning with a tie back in early October against William & Mary, the Pride of Hofstra have won seven matches since, including four shutouts and 4-1 upset victory over No. 22 seed Boston College in the first round.
Sabrina Bryan and Lucy Porter lead the way for Hofstra in terms of points. Bryan has 30 points on the season with 13 goals and four assists on 65 shots. Porter has 26 points on 11 goals with four assists on 58 shots.
This is the first time in program history that Wisconsin and Hofstra will compete.
This season is the third year in a row, and fourth time in the last five appearances, where Wisconsin has advanced to the second round.
In 2014, Wisconsin lost to Central Florida 3-2. In 2016 Wisconsin lost a double overtime thriller to Florida 3-2. And last season, the Badgers lost to the No. 1 overall seed South Carolina 1-0.
Wisconsin 1, Hofstra 0.