Griggs Scores Game Winner in 3-1 Victory Over Rider
PRINCETON, N.J. (9/21/12) - Sophomore Julian Griggs scored the game winner and freshman Thomas Sanner had a three-point effort as the Princeton men's soccer team defeated Rider 3-1 in the second game of the 2012 Princeton Soccer Invitational on Friday, Sept. 21 at Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium.
The Tigers sealed the win with goals within 2:14 when Griggs scored the game winner in the 68th minute followed by an own goal in the 70th minute.
Junior Dylan Bowman put Princeton on the scoreboard in the 31st minute, just 17 seconds after subbing into the game. Senior Mark Linnville delivered a long throw into the box that was headed by to the left corner. Bowman kneed the ball down and popped it into the back of the net.
Early in the second half the Broncs knotted the game at 1-1 when Brandon Sebastian made good on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute.
Sophomore Joe Saitta had a near miss in the 59th minute when he had a bullet of a shot bang off the cross bar in front of a lively Princeton fan base.
Princeton regained the lead in the 68th minute when sophomore Myles McGinley sent a through ball to Sanner on the left flank. Sanner put the ball into the center for Griggs but a Rider defender and the goalkeeper Jason Giordano came out to double. Griggs was able to break the ball free as the Broncs couldn't take control and he put it away for the 2-1 lead.
An own goal was credited to Rider after sophomore Cameron Porter rifled a shot from the right side. The ball game off the hands of the goalkeeper and back out to the center of the field where Sanner and a defender were running on. The ball hit the defender's shin and went into the goal.Princeton did a great job of getting out in front of Rider and had a 12-0 edge in corner kicks, including seven in the first 24 minutes of the game. The Tigers had a 15-7 advantage in shots.
Junior goalkeeper Seth MacMillan did not have to make a save in his second win of the season. Giordano made seven saves in goal for Rider, which fall to 0-6 on the season.
Princeton, now 3-3 on the season, hosts FDU on Sunday, Sept. 23 as the Princeton Invitational continues. Penn defeated FDU in the first game today, 3-2. Penn and Rider go toe-to-toe in the first game at noon, while Princeton and FDU meet at 2:30 p.m.