Women’s Soccer: The College picks up a road victory

The College benefited from a strong performance by Briguglio en route to a victory over the Pride. COURTESY PHOTO / TRIBE ATHLETICS.

Sunday in Hempstead, New York, William and Mary moved into the upper half of the Colonial Athletic Association standings as the Tribe (5-7-1, 2-2-1 CAA) drew even with Hofstra (9-5-1, 3-2-1), 1-1.

Two 10-minute overtime periods weren’t enough to find a decisive answer between the two teams. Hofstra put up a whopping 37 shots against the Tribe, forcing junior goalkeeper Katelyn Briguglio into a personal and conference season high with 16 saves.

The Pride came out of the gate hot, getting five scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes that missed the goal, all of which were blocked by Tribe defenders or hit the post. That would be the story of the first half, as Hofstra put up 12 shots to the Tribe’s four but was unable to get the ball past Briguglio.

Two minutes into the second half, it was redshirt junior Sarah Segan who got the first tally of the match for the Tribe. On an assist by sophomore midfielder Colleen Norton, Segan put the ball over the head of the goalie and into the net, notching her team-leading fourth goal of the season and putting the visitors ahead, 1-0. Despite sustained offensive pressure from the Pride, the College managed to hold onto that lead until the final minutes of the game. A give-and-go play in the box got Hofstra on the board with just over three minutes left in regulation and sent the game into extra time, 1-1.

The two overtime periods were mostly controlled by Hofstra, but a few final saves from Briguglio kept the match even and ended the contest in a 1-1 tie. The Tribe’s conference record of 2-2-1 qualifies it for fifth-best in the conference, just behind Sunday’s opponent Hofstra, as well as third-place Charleston, second-place James Madison and the undefeated Northeastern squad.

The team will return home Thursday for a two-game homestand against Elon at 7 p.m. and James Madison at 2 p.m. on Sunday as the College continues conference play.


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