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Women's Soccer to Host Richmond in Home Opener Friday Night

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 09/01/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Lynessa McGee and the Tigers will host Richmond Friday night in the season opener.
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The Princeton women's soccer team will open its season Friday night at 6 at Roberts Stadium against Richmond. Here's what you need to know for the Tigers' opener:

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 (2012) Head to Head: Princeton vs. Richmond     Richmond (2013)    
Record 1-2-1
NCAA Second Round Postseason 2012 N/A
GAA  1.85
Goals Per Game  0.92
Jen Hoy (18) Leading Scorer  Becca Wann (2)
Claire Pinciaro (12-2 W-L, 1.24 GAA)
Top Goalkeeper Devin O'Brien (1-2-1 W-L-T, 1.85 GAA)
1-1 All-Time Record vs. Opponent 1-1
2006 Last Win vs. Opponent 2000

On Richmond: The Spiders have already played four games this season, all against in-state opponents. The team's win, and three of its four goals this season, came against Old Dominion. Richmond will enter the match against Princeton on a scoreless streak of 214:47 after a scoreless tie against Longwood and a 3-0 defeat against sixth-ranked Virginia. Rookie goalkeeper Devin O'Brien has played every minute so far, accruing a 1.85 GAA.

Late date: The Tigers' Sept. 6 opener is the latest on the calendar since 2003, when they opened at American on Sept. 6. It's the first start date for all of the Ivy League schools this year.

For openers: The Tigers will seek to win their opener for the first time since 2008. That was the first game at Roberts Stadium, a 2-1 win over Boston University on Sept. 5, 2008.

Home openers: Princeton also opened the season at home last year, against Wake Forest. It's the first time since 2008 and 2009 that Princeton is opening the season at home in back-to-back years.

Filling the void: Jen Hoy '13 had a breakout year in 2012, winning Ivy Player of the Year honors and scoring the second-most goals in a season in program history. The Tigers return 28 of their 52 goals from last year, minus 18 from Hoy, five from Caitlin Blosser '13 and one from Rachel Sheehy '13.

On offense: Princeton's 52 goals last year were the team's most since scoring 58 in the NCAA semifinal season of 2004. The total was nearly double the 27 the team scored in 2011.

More offense: Junior Lauren Lazo is the team's returning scorer. She had 11 goals last year, the most for any player not named Jen Hoy since Sarah Peteraf '09 had 12 in 2008.

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: The Tigers graduated seniors Claire Pinciaro and Kristin Watson and return less than eight percent of their minutes in goal from last year. The Tigers will have four keepers on the roster this year, including freshman Hannah Winner, juniors Darcy Hargadon and MicKenzie Roberts-Lahti, and senior Cecilia DiCaprio.

The series with Richmond: Princeton and Richmond have played just twice, neither time involving any of the current players. Richmond won 3-1 in 2000 at Richmond, and Princeton won 2-0 in 2006 at Penn.

Up next: Army will make its first visit to Roberts Stadium and first visit since 1997 to Princeton when the Tigers and Black Knights play Sunday at noon.

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