Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Hofstra

Newton, Mass.
- Senior midfielder Tiffany Yovino (Holtsville, N.Y.) headed in a cross in the tenth minute and No. 23 Hofstra held on the rest of the way for a 1-0 win over Connecticut in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening at Newton Soccer Field.

Hofstra improves to 19-2 on the year and advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, when it will face host Boston College, which fell behind 1-0 early to Boston University and rallied with two goals in the final 14 minutes to escape with the 2-1 win in the first game on Friday. UConn ends its season at 10-10-3 with the loss. The Pride also set a new school record for wins in a season with 19, breaking the previous record of 18 set in 2007 (Yovino's freshman year). Hofstra also won one NCAA Tournament game that year, 1-0 over Ohio State, before falling to top-seeded Penn State in overtime in the second round 2-1.

Hofstra dominated the opening minutes, and broke in front as Yovino headed in a cross from senior forward Grace Hawkins (Northport, N.Y.) at the 9:05 mark. Hawkins, who usually comes off the bench for the Pride, was inserted into the starting line-up to replace Brooke Bendernagel (Smithtown, N.Y.), who was red-carded in the CAA championship game and was required to sit out Friday's contest. The Pride moved senior forward Kayla Pifer (State College, Pa.) to right back and moved usual right back Danielle Murino (Bohemia, N.Y.) into the central defense in Bendernagel's spot.

Hawkins set up the goal as she spun around her defender on the left edge of the box. She dribbled near the end line, and sent a line drive to the far post. UConn goalkeeper Jessica Dulski got her fingertips to the ball, but it carried through to the far post, and Yovino was able to crash down the middle and head it into the vacated net for her 12th goal of the season.

After falling behind 1-0, UConn seized the momentum and outshot Hofstra 7-2 for the rest of the first half. Senior goalkeeper Krista Thorn (Smithtown, N.Y.) was tested once in the 40th minute, as Elise Fugowski got to a crossing pass in the box and had a chance to slip a shot into the near post, but Thorn stretched out to block the ball.

Hofstra had to withstand a couple of quality chances in the second half from UConn, including one from Jessica Shufelt from six yards out that went just wide.

The second round of the NCAA Tournament will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Newton Soccer Field. Hofstra began the year with a 5-0 loss to Boston College on Aug. 27, but won 18 games in a row after that, setting a new school record for the longest winning streak.