BALTIMORE – In a match-up of conference finalists from a year ago, visiting Hofstra scored the game's lone goal in the 57th minute and edged UMBC, 1-0, before 883 fans in warm conditions at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Pride improve to 2-0-0 on the season with identical 1-0 results, while UMBC falls to 0-2-0.
UMBC outshot HU, 12-11, including 8-6 in the final 45 minutes, but only managed to put one shot on frame.
The Retrievers' best chance occurred in the 55th minute when senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) had a look from 14 yards out, but shot just wide of the far left post.
Hofstra attempted seven corners in the first 12 minutes of the second half and scored on its final effort. Six-foot-five Pride defender Frederick Rieper headed in a Adam Savill corner from close range, after the ball took a deflection off another Pride attacker.
UMBC sent all 11 players forward in the final minute. Senior back Jon Bell (Silver Spring, Md./Richard Montgomery took a free kick from 40 yards out and Retriever sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) headed the effort wide from nine yards out.
Jones made a pair of saves for the Retrievers, while Pride goalkeeper Alex Ashton was credited with one. His save came off a drive by UMBC freshman Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjodur, Iceland) in the 68th minute. Ingason led the Retrievers with three shots.
UMBC returns to action on Friday, Sept. 6 when they continue the season-opening five-game homestand by welcoming St. Peter's to Retriever Soccer Park.