HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Hofstra's Caylin Dudley found the net off a cross in the 27th minute and it proved to be just enough for the Pride as they handed VCU a 1-0 loss in Colonial Athletic Association action Sunday afternoon at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The result extends VCU's string of close losses as the Black & Gold has not lost a game by more than a single goal all year long.
Junior goalkeeper Kristin Carden helped the Rams stay within a goal for much of the game as she registered six saves for the third time this year. Sophomore Courtney Conrad fired a team-high four shots, while freshman Maren Johansen finished with three.
Hofstra (5-3, 1-1 CAA) got off to a fast start, outshooting VCU 14-3 in the opening stanza, while Carden came up with three first-half saves. Hofstra goalie Kylie Shuster made her only stop of the period on a shot by Johansen in the 14th minute. The Rams (2-7-1, 0-2 CAA) also had a look 10 minutes later following a corner by freshman Cristin Granados, but Conrad's header sailed high.
Dudley eventually gave Hofstra a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when she took a cross from Laura Greene, who finished with a game-high nine shots, and then slid the ball past Carden to put the Pride on top.
Hofstra tried to add to its lead six minutes into the second half but Greene's shot hit the crossbar. Then, VCU fired seven strikes during a 12-minute stretch, including a shot by Conrad that Shuster saved in the 64th minute, but couldn't find the net.
After the Pride held an 11-shot advantage in the first half, VCU settled in and allowed just one during the first 37 minutes of the second period. However, Hofstra put the pressure on with time winding down, firing seven shots in the final seven minutes. Carden made a trio of saves during that stretch to keep the Rams within a goal but VCU couldn't answer.
Hofstra held a 22-11 advantage in shots, while each team had four corner kicks.
VCU returns to Sports Backers Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 29 against George Mason for its annual Massey Cancer Blue Out. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Rams then travel to Towson on Oct. 2.