The Tribe women’s soccer team beat Hofstra University 1-0 on Friday, to improve its overall record to 9-1-1, which looks to rival the team's previous best season record of 12-1-1, set in 1998.
The Tribe wasted little time in taking the lead when junior midfielder Donna Mataya scored in the fourteenth minute to put the team up by one. Mataya scored on a shot into the lower right corner of Hofstra’s goal.
As it turned out, that one-goal cushion was all Tribe keeper Megan Walker would need. William and Mary’s Hofstra shutout marked its sixth shutout this season, with Walker registering her fifth clean sheet.
The game was not nearly as close as the final score implied. In the first half, Tribe players recorded nine shots to Hofstra’s two. The Tribe continued these efforts in the second half, registering shots every few minutes.
Tripling Hofstra’s shot count in the second half, the Tribe women registered 15 shots, bringing the overall ratio to 24-7. Many of the Tribe's shots nearly scored, nailing the post or crossbar instead of the net and keeping the Hofstra keeper rattled throughout the game.
The Tribe’s current ranking at 16th came after a pair of victories last weekend against Delaware and Drexel.
The Tribe next plays Northeastern Sunday.