HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The Monmouth University women's soccer team dropped its first decision of 2013 as the Hawks fell 2-1 at Hofstra University on Friday night. Monmouth, now 5-1 overall, fell behind 2-0 in the first half before junior Breynn Collazo's (Wall, N.J./Wall) first career goal got the Hawks back in the match in the 73rd minute.
"We played a solid second half but got off to a slow start," said head coach Krissy Turner. "Heading into conference play we have to play 90 minutes in order to get results."
The Pride got on the board just 1:07 in when Sam Scolarici knocked in a cross from Amber Stobbs for her eighth goal of the year, to give Hofstra an early 1-0 advantage. Hofstra doubled its lead to 2-0 in the 25th minute on Ruby Staplehurst's direct kick tally.
The Hawks trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the 73rd minute when Collazo netted her first career goal, knocking in a rebound off senior Dana Costello's (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) direct kick for the Hawks.
Hofstra (4-3) outshot Monmouth 13-9 in the match, while senior goalkeeper Ashley Lewis (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro) made one save in net for the Hawks. Her counterpart in goal for the Pride, Emily Morphitis, made two saves for Hofstra, which has now scored 22 goals in seven matches.
The last time Monmouth trailed by two goals at the half was August 28, 2012 against Seton Hall.
Monmouth returns to action on Sunday evening, when the Hawks host Fairleigh Dickinson on The Great Lawn at 6:00 p.m.
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