NEWTON Mass. -- Despite seven saves by junior goalkeeper Emily Morphitis, the Hofstra women's soccer team fell to Boston College, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament Friday night.
Boston College's All-ACC first-teamer, Kristen Mewis, scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the way.
The Pride (11-9-2) exceeded expectations this season, winning the CAA conference tournament as the No. 5 seed with a roster consisting mostly of freshmen and sophomores and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history.
"We're pretty happy with what we've done at the moment," Hofstra coach Simon Riddiough said. "With such a young team, getting to this stage was more of an experience builder for us."
Boston College (11-7-3) controlled play throughout the first half, outshooting the Pride 9-2.
Three minutes in, Morphitis made the first of her four saves in the first half, turning away Mewis with a sliding save to her left. In the 11th minute, BC got one past Morphitis. Mewis slipped a pass to sophomore Stephanie McCaffrey, who chipped a shot over a charging Morphitis.
Morphitis, however, was unshaken and recovered to make two more outstanding stops in the half. The most impressive of which came in the 28th minute, when the 5-6 junior used every bit of her height to swat a blistering shot from Kate McCarthy just over the crossbar.
Hofstra had a chance with 20 minutes left as Jeannine Molleda managed a shot from 22 yards out that -- although struck well -- found its way into the waiting arms of Alexa Gaul (three saves, fourth shutout this season).
Mewis delivered the backbreaking goal in the 80th minute after a Pride header landed at her feet just inside the box. Morphitis never had a chance, as the ball found the upper right-hand corner of the net. "I though we gave ourselves a good performance," Riddiough said. "We started pushing , but a team of that caliber is going to find a way sometimes, and Kristen Mewis was the answer in the end."
Riddiough praised the work of Morphitis in net and said he hopes Friday's experience would pay dividends next season.
"Our expectations are always to get to ," he said. "If we can sprinkle a couple more players next year into this team, then hopefully we can compete and move on into the second round. Hopefully this is a good lesson for her as we move forward to next year."