Chance for Women's Soccer Rebound to Come Tuesday Against La Salle
The Tigers suffered their first golden-goal home loss in the six seasons at Roberts Stadium Saturday against Yale to open the Ivy League season, and Princeton will have the chance to regain some momentum against a tough La Salle team Tuesday night at 7 back on their home turf.
If you're attending: Lots 16, 20, 23, 32 and the parking garage, labeled on this map, will be available for spectator parking. Walk past the tennis courts to Roberts Stadium. Admission is free.
|Princeton||Head to Head: Princeton vs. La Salle
|NCAA Second Round||Postseason 2012||NCAA First Round
||Goals Per Game||1.86|
|Tyler Lussi (6)
||Leading Scorer||Kelsey Haycook (8)
|Darcy Hargadon (3-2-2 W-L-T, 1.19 GAA)
||Top Goalkeeper||Katie Getzinger (4-1-0 W-L-T, 1.17 GAA)
|6-1-0||All-Time Record vs. Opponent||1-6-0|
|2012||Last Win vs. Opponent||2011|
On La Salle: The Explorers enter having authored back-to-back shutouts of Lehigh and Drexel, and La Salle has allowed just one goal in its last 555:52, against Connecticut. Leading scorer Kelsey Haycook, who had seven goals in the team's first seven games, got back on the board with the final goal in a 4-0 win at Drexel last time out.
League leaders: Heading into Sunday's games, La Salle's Renee Washington and Kelsey Haycook were among the league leaders on offense in the A-10. Washington and Haycook were two of the top four players in the league in shots and shots per game, and the pair were two of the top six in points and points per game. Haycook's 19 points and 1.90 PPG led the A-10. The pair are also two of the top five in goals and goals per game, with Haycook's eight goals co-leading the league. La Salle's Maryam Huseini and Anna Dolhansky were two of the top three players in the A-10 in assists and assists per game, with Huseini's seven assists co-leading the league. On top of that, the Explorers' goalkeeping tandem is also among the best in the league, with Jessica Wiggins and Katie Getzinger both among the top six in GAA and save percentage. The two keepers have never split a game this season, and Getzinger has played the whole of the last two games after Wiggins went the distance against Connecticut.
League-leading Tigers: Heading into Sunday's games, Princeton rookie Tyler Lussi co-led the Ivy League with Yale's Melissa Gavin with 14 points, 1.75 points per game, six goals and 0.75 goals per game. Lussi's three game-winning goals led the Ivy, as did junior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon's four shutouts.
Against the A-10: Princeton is aiming to go 4-0 against the Atlantic 10 this year, already with wins over Richmond, Saint Joseph's and Fordham. Princeton went 3-0 against A-10 teams at the time of the game in 2012 (Saint Joseph's, Temple, La Salle), and La Salle's win at Roberts in 2011 was the last time an A-10 team defeated Princeton.
Last meeting: Last year, Princeton used a Jen Hoy goal 3:41 into the first overtime to win at La Salle and end the Explorers' 10-game winning streak, 13-game home winning streak, and 15-game home unbeaten streak. The Explorers haven't lost at home since then, making Princeton the only team to beat La Salle at McCarthy Stadium since Rhode Island on Oct. 29, 2010. Lauren Lazo had the equalizer in the 75th minute after Anna Dolhansky put La Salle on the board in the 53rd minute. It also squared the recent portion of the series, as the Explorers defeated Princeton 1-0 at Roberts Stadium in 2011 on a Kelsey Haycook goal in the 83rd minute.
Old goals: In the series against La Salle, Princeton won the first five games, which occurred annually from 1987-90 and one more in 2005. In the games at Roberts, which were in 1988, 1990, 2005 and 2011, Princeton outscored La Salle 20-3.
The midway point: Eight games are down and nine remain in the 2013 regular season for Princeton. After the Yale game last year, which was also the eighth game of the season and was also decided in OT, though in Princeton's favor on an own goal, Princeton ripped St. Peter's 6-1 in its next game and didn't lose again until the second round of the NCAA tournament. Last year's 11-game win streak to end the regular season began right after the last regular-season game in which Princeton lost after scoring the game's first goal, as it did Saturday against Yale. UC Irvine scored twice in the final six minutes to beat Princeton 2-1 in the last loss before the winning streak last season.
Locals: No Tigers and Explorers share high school alma maters, but two La Salle players are natives of Princeton's Mercer County. Sophomore defender Kari Nickels is from Robbinsville went to Robbinsville High, and senior midfielder Renee Washington is from Ewing and went to The Pennington School.
Common foes: Other than the three other A-10 teams Princeton has faced this season, none of whom La Salle has yet faced, the Tigers and Explorers have just one common opponent this season. La Salle defeated Lehigh 1-0 on Sept. 23 in Bethlehem, and Princeton will host the Mountain Hawks on Oct. 16.Rookie record: Tyler Lussi's six goals are the most for a Princeton freshman in seven years, since Vicki Anagnostopoulos '10 scored six times in 2006. Diana Matheson '08 had seven in 2004. The Princeton freshman scoring record is 13 by Sue Mooney '85 in 1981. If Lussi ends the season as the team's leading scorer, she'd be the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jen Hoy '13 (three goals) in 2009.
Come join us: As recently as Sept. 21, Tyler Lussi and Lauren Lazo were the only Tigers to have scored a goal this season. Over the last three games, four Tigers have joined them, including Gabrielle Ragazzo, Erika Hoglund, Haley Chow and Jesse McDonough.
Rookies: Six of the nine total freshmen have seen action in at least three of Princeton's first eight games, and three, including Tyler Lussi, Jesse McDonough and Fiona McKenna, have played in all eight games. McKenna is the only one to have started all eight.
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. La Salle also advanced to the NCAAs last season but had a tough first-round draw in Virginia, losing 4-1 to the Cavaliers.
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. She has authored four shutouts this season. Senior Cecilia Di Caprio got her first career start last Tuesday at Fordham as the only keeper other than Hargadon to have played this season.
Up next: Princeton will try to even the Ivy slate when it heads to Dartmouth for a 7 p.m. game Saturday night. The Big Green enter Sunday's Ivy-opening match at Brown at 3-3-1 on the season.