Hofstra nips No. 24 UNCW men’s soccer in CAA opener

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Freshman midfielder Ben Fisher (Chapel Hill H.S./Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored in the 32nd minute, but it was not enough as No. 24 UNCW had its six-match unbeaten streak snapped with a  2-1 setback against Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams at Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Seahawks, who were playing their second consecutive road contest, dropped to 5-1-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in the CAA. Meanwhile, Hofstra earned its second straight victory, while improving to 6-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the CAA.

Ben Fisher. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Ben Fisher. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports

The Pride claimed a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when senior defender Daniel Grundei (Nuremberg, Germany) took a pass from junior Rory Murphy (Windlesham, England) and scored his first goal of the season.

UNCW answered in the 32nd minute as Fisher blasted a 25-yard shot into the upper right corner for his fifth goal of the season.

Hofstra regained the advantage with 25:56 remaining in the second half when sophomore midfielder Meshack Eshun Addy (Tema, Ghana) scored his fourth goal of the year into the top left corner after a pass from sophomore midfielder Mani Walcott (Eleanor Roosevelt H.S./Beltsville, Md.).

The Seahawks had several chances in the closing minutes, including an outstanding header shot by senior forward Colin Bonner (Reservoir H.S./Fulton, Md.), but the Pride defense held off UNCW en route to the victory.

Senior goalkeeper Patric Prey (Corona Del Sol H.S./Chandler, Ariz.) made four saves in the victory for Hofstra, which outshot UNCW by a 16-11 margin. Junior goalkeeper Sean Melvin (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) tallied two saves in the loss for the Seahawks.

UNCW returns home next Saturday to host Northeastern in a CAA contest. Opening kickoff between the Seahawks and Huskies is slated for 7 p.m. at UNCW Soccer Stadium.