PRINCETON, N.J. (9/7/12) - This time, Jen Hoy got plenty of help from her Princeton women's soccer teammates.
Hoy scored the first goal of the night, teammates Jessica Lee and Megan Gittens followed with goals of their own and Claire Pinciaro made two huge saves early as Princeton defeated St. Joseph's 3-0 on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium.
The win improved Princeton to 1-1-1, while St. Joe's fell to 3-2-1. The Tigers host Temple Sunday at noon before playing twice in California next weekend.
Hoy scored four of Princeton's five goals last weekend, when the Tigers opened the season with a one-goal loss to Wake Forest, a Final Four team a year ago, and then a 4-4 tie with Colgate.
This time, with two games under their belts and another week of practice, Princeton was much fitter from start to finish.
Princeton took control of the game from the opening kick and had a number of chances to get on the board before Hoy did so in the 43rd minute. About 10 minutes earlier, Pinciaio - making her first start of the year - made back-to-back one-on-one saves from point-blank range to keep the game scoreless.
The first goal came when Liana Cornacchio took a throw in from the right side and put it into the box, where Jessica Haley had a shot rebounded back out to Hoy on the left side. Hoy buried the ball between the left post and the goalkeeper to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead just before the close of the first half. Hoy would try to give her team a 2-0 lead before halftime with header on goal in the final minute.
Thirteen minutes in, Lauren Lazo sent a cross into the box for Jessica Lee but keeper Christine Neal was able to pick the ball up before Lee could get a foot on it. A minute later Lazo followed up with a header that was tipped up by the keeper where it hit the cross bar and popped back out on the to the field where it was cleared by a defender. Hoy tested Neal 20 minutes into the game when she sent a shot from the right corner of the field that bent in on the goal and Neal had to make a glove save to prevent the goal.
The lead doubled with 25 minutes gone in the second half, when Lee's persistence on a loose ball in front after another long throw-in from Cornacchio rolled free near the goal line on the far post.
Gittens, a freshman making her first collegiate appearance, finished the scoring with 1:29 to go with her blast from in close, with assists to Lazo and Lee.
Princeton outshot St. Joe's 15-9. Pinciaro made three saves, while St. Joe's Christine Neal made five.