Rutgers women’s soccer suffered a tough loss to Hofstra on Sunday night at Yurcak Field. The hard fought game was tied all the way into the 88th minute before the Pride broke through. Olivia Pearse scored the game winner that was assisted on by Wiktoria Franc. The Scarlet Knights dropped to 1-1 on the season.
Hofstra are the defending CAA Tournament champions and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last fall.
Despite holding a 17-8 shooting advantage and a 6-5 edge in shots on goal, it wasn’t enough. RU also held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Olivia Bodmer made four saves in just her second career start.
The Pride almost took the lead in the 80th minute game before defensive stopper Emily Mason stopped a shot from going in an otherwise open net.
— RUTGERS WOMEN’S SOCCER (@RUWSoccer) August 21, 2023
Allison Lowrey led Rutgers with 3 shots overall and 2 shots in defeat.
It was a disappointing night but this team has the talent and depth to recover. Last season’s leading point getter, Sam Kroeger, remains out as she recovers from an injury. In addition, Mason is working her way back and played about half of the first two games of the season. She tore her ACL last fall and is the leader of the Rutgers defense.
Rutgers will next travel to NC State on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. The Wolfpack have advanced to six consecutive NCAA Tournaments and have 18 players returning after finishing No. 36 in the RPI rankings last season.
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