Men’s soccer falls to Hofstra, 3-1
Sophomore forward Tyler Williams scored his first goal in a JU uniform on Friday night.
Sophomore forward Tyler Williams scored his first goal in a JU uniform on Friday night.
The JU men’s soccer team couldn’t overcome a bad start as they surrendered two first-half goals for a 3-1 loss to Hofstra on Friday afternoon at the Stetson Soccer Classic in DeLand, Fla.

Despite getting outshot, 9-6, in the first half, the Pride (2-3) got scores from Stephan Barea and Rory McCrea to take the early lead before Brett Carrington added a late goal to put the match out of reach. Greg Cumpstone (2-2) made three stops between the posts for Hofstra.

Sophomore midfielder Tyler Williams recorded his first goal with the Dolphins (0-3-1) in the first half, but JU couldn’t make the comeback as they were limited to just a pair of shots in the second half.

“It just wasn't our night," said JU head coach Mike Johnson. "We have to stop shooting over shelves in the foot if we want to win games. Overall, we played well at times and got plenty of good scoring chances, but couldn’t get the victory. We plan to regroup and put forth a good effort on Sunday."

The Pride wasted no time getting on the board in the first half as Barea added his second score of the season in the third minute of the match from a pass by McCrea.

In the 26th minute, McCrea gave Hofstra a 2-0 advantage by scoring on a corner kick that deflected off of a JU defender.

Williams cut the deficit to a goal less than two minutes later after scoring from 20-yards on a left-footed shot down the middle of the field.

Carrington found the back of the net on a shot from 10-yards out in the 75th minute to give the Pride a 3-1 cushion.

The Dolphins had a final chance to tie the match in the 89th minute on a shot from sophomore midfielder Nate Binkley, but it was blocked.

Senior goalie Joey Sanchez (0-3-1) made a pair of saves for JU in the loss.

The Dolphins look to bounce back on Sunday morning when they face Saint Joseph’s to close out the tournament at 11 a.m.