Quick Turnaround Sends Women's Soccer to Saint Joseph's Tuesday
The Princeton women's soccer team will head to Saint Joseph's for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday in what will be the Tigers' third game in five days, all away from Roberts Stadium. Here are the notes to know as the road warriors continue their path:
If you're attending: The game will be held at Sweeney Field. Directions to the facility and parking information can be found here. Admission is free.
|Princeton||Head to Head: Princeton vs. Saint Joseph's
|NCAA Second Round||Postseason 2012||N/A
||Goals Per Game||1.18|
|Tyler Lussi/Lauren Lazo (3 ea.)
||Leading Scorer||Emily Gingrich (4)
|Darcy Hargadon (2-1-1 W-L-T, 1.18 GAA)
||Top Goalkeeper||Lauren Jancuska (4-2-2) W-L-T, 0.84 GAA)
|2-0-0||All-Time Record vs. Opponent||0-2-0|
|2012||Last Win vs. Opponent||N/A|
On Saint Joseph's: Both team have been on a scoring drought of late, with Princeton scoring one goal over its last two games and the Hawks scoring one over their last three contests. Saint Joseph's started the season 3-0-2 before that three game stretch, which included losses to Liberty and Penn and a 1-0 win over Loyola. Emily Gingrich (four) and Mo Hawkins (three) have combined for seven of the team's 10 goals, and goalkeeper Lauren Jancuska has started all eight contests.
Locals: The Hawks have plenty of players who hail not too far from Princeton, though sophomore Morgan Michon, from Robbinsville, is the only Mercer Countian on the roster.
Developing rivalry: This will be the first time Saint Joseph's and Princeton have played in back-to-back seasons. The teams played for the first time in 2007 at Princeton Stadium while Lourie-Love Field was undergoing its transformation to Roberts Stadium. That was a 2-0 win, and the Tigers won 3-0 last season at Roberts. This will also be Princeton's first visit to Saint Joseph's, at least in women's soccer.
A good start: Princeton has started 2-1-1 in back-to-back seasons. If the Tigers can win or tie at Saint Joseph's, it would be Princeton's best start since 2008, when the team was 3-1-1 through five games.
Common foes: The Hawks have one other Ivy League opponent on their schedule and the Tigers have one other A-10 foe on their docket, but those are the only two common opponents. Saint Joseph's lost 1-0 to Penn Sunday and the Tigers will close the regular season with the Quakers. Both teams will face La Salle later on, Princeton on Oct. 1 in Princeton and SJU on Oct. 18 on the road.On the Tigers: All six of Princeton's goals have been scored by either Lauren Lazo or Tyler Lussi. Lazo entered the season as Princeton's leading returning scorer after having put 11 in the net last year, while Lussi's three goals represent a strong start to the rookie's career.
Rookies: Six of the eight freshman field players have seen action in at least two of the first four games, and two have been starters with Nicole Loncar and Fiona McKenna joining the opening 11 each time.
Shutouts: Princeton saw its shutout streak to open the season snapped at Rutgers at the 319:59 mark, the fourth-longest shutout streak to start a season in program history. It was the longest since 2001, which was the last team to shut out its first opponent. That team went on to post zeroes in the first five games.
Going dancing: Princeton advanced to the NCAA tournament last season for the eighth time under head coach Julie Shackford and won a postseason game away from Princeton for the first time in program history. The Tigers won at West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 2-1 for their first NCAA tournament victory since 2004.
Between the posts: Princeton junior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon is in her first year as the starter and had just one start, as a freshman, prior to this season.
Up next: The road swing will end for Princeton when the William & Mary Tribe come to Roberts Stadium for a 1 p.m. game Sunday. The Tribe have won five of the six all-time meetings, including the last three, all of which were in Williamsburg. This will be the Tribe's first visit to Princeton since 2001, which was the only Princeton win in the series.